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Today in New Zealand History by Neill Atkinson, David Green, Gareth Phipps & Steve Watters.

January 21, 2020

today in historyToday in New Zealand History by Neill Atkinson, David Green, Gareth Phipps & Steve Watters. Pub. exislepublishing.com  2020.

There are hours of fascinating reading about true events in New Zealand’s short history in this recent publication.This non fiction work goes through the calendar year and for each day there is an historical event. For instance Samuel Marsden planting the first grape vines in New Zealand in 1819.

The first thing I did when I got this novel was go through all the family birthdays to see what happened on that date. My wife for instance has a birthday on the same date as the National Council of Women was formed in 1896. My grand children were fascinated by what happened on their birthdays too and we had great discussion about it.

Social, historical, war, music, artistic, sporting and tragic events are recalled. Each entry has at least half a page of information but mostly whole pages. The facts are concise, not biased and are accompanied by a photograph or diagram or cartoon. The ownership and artistic works of these photos etc is documented in the back of the publication.

Crucial to any book like this is a good Index and this book has one. Check out the Beatles and you leaarn of their landing in NZ get on 21 June 1964 with plastic tikis around their necks. This is an updated version and includes events like the Christchuch Massacre on 15 March 2019 and the World title for the women’s netball Team last year.

This is not only for school libraries but also for the home. I don’t often promote books for sale but at less than 40 bucks this book is  a must  have. Check it out when it is released in February.

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