Book Review: The Search for Anne Perry by Joanne Drayton

The Search for Anne Perry by Joanne Drayton, Harper Collins, ISBN 9781869508883, RRP$44.99, Available now. It’s really not surprising that the Honorah Rieper/Parker murder story continues to fascinate so many people (myself included). For the few people who surely don’t know the story, Honorah was murdered in Christchurch in 1954 by two teenage girls – […]

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Book Review: A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor

A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor, Allen Lane (Penguin NZ), ISBN 9781846145117, RRP $45, Available now. A History of the World in 100 Objects from the BBC was one the best podcasts I listened to throughout 2010 (they’ve also been broadcast on Radio NZ) and this accompanying book is the perfect version […]

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Three Short Book Reviews – History, Loudmouths and More History

Three books that have passed over my desk recently and I have passed my eyes over recently… with varying results. People, People, People : A Brief History of New Zealand by Stevan Eldred-Grigg, Bateman Publishing, RRP $24.99, ISBN 9781869538132, Available now. A short and well-produced history of New Zealand, the best part of People, People, […]

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Quick Reviews for Busy People: Grow Up and When God Spoke English

Grow Up by Ben Brooks, Text Publishing, RRP $30, ISBN 9781921758737, Available now. Would it be wrong to just write a review that says “No no no no no no no”? Yes. Grow Up is billed as hilarious but it isn’t. It’s way too self-conscious to be funny. It squanders some potentially funny storylines and […]

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Book Review: Tupaia by Joan Druett

Tupaia: The Remarkable Story of Captain Cook’s Polynesian Navigator by Joan Druett, Random House, RRP $55, ISBN9781869793869, Available Now. Random House has done a fantastic job recently of gorgeously produced, hardcover history books/objects of art (see The Great Wrong War) and they’ve continued that tradition with Tupaia. Presented in a printed hardcover, with liberal use […]

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