On the bookshelves: July 2017

June 19, 2017
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New releases coming in July. FICTION The Late Show, by Michael Connelly: A driven, young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37) Half Wild, by Pip Smith: Based on the true lives of Eugenia Falleni, Half Wild is Pip Smith’s dazzling debut novel (Allen & Unwin< RRP $33). Forgotten, by Nicole Trope:...

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‘Snark’ makes NZ Book Awards shortlist

June 9, 2017
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‘Snark’ makes NZ Book Awards shortlist

Southern author and illustrator David Elliot has been named as a finalist for this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. He has been shortlisted for the Russell Clark award – the illustrated section of the awards –  for Snark: Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the...

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REVIEW Refuge New Zealand: A Nation’s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers

May 20, 2017
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REVIEW Refuge New Zealand: A Nation’s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers

The topic of this book may seem a little dry but is actually interesting reading. Ann Beaglehole is a refugee immigrant herself (Hungary 1956), and here examines our country’s response to refugees and asylum seekers since 1840. She looks at why particular groups have been chosen over others and how policies have changed over...

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REVIEW Little India at Home

May 19, 2017
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REVIEW Little India at Home

I had no idea that Little India was first opened in Dunedin nearly around a quarter of a century ago. Now the chain has outlets throughout the country and has become a favourite among lovers of Indian cuisine, from Invercargill to Auckland. Based on the scrummy dishes fans will be familiar with, this soft-cover...

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On the bookshelves: June 2017

May 18, 2017
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New releases coming in June. FICTION Sycamore, by Bryn Chancellor: A heart-wrenching, penetrating portrait of a small town with a mystery at its heart, and the yearnings, passions, and abiding need for human connection that animate it (HarperCollins, RRP $35). The Alice Network, Kate Quinn: Two women – a female spy recruited to the...

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