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Penguins Under the Porch: A Yorkshireman's Ode to Oamaru

Penguins Under the Porch: A Yorkshireman's Ode to Oamaru (Paperback)

By Harbourne, David

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David harbourne first stumbled across Oamaru more or less by chance while on a short visit to New Zealand from his home in Yorkshire, England. He discovered a town that was built from scratch in the second half of the nineteenth century. He quite accidently discovered the "Old To...wn", a part of Oamaru that is a time capsule built from gleaming limestone: one intricately carved classical building following another, each hinting at a half-forgotten history of wealth and optimism. And he found penguins. Lots of them. And Steampunk HQ. Thoughts of Oamaru nagged at him for five years. Finally, he quit his job, travelled half way round the world and spent a long and very happy time poking around and talking to anyone who would talk back - which in New Zealand, of course, meant basically everyone. He found out about Oamaru's founding figures: self-made men; a talented architect; New Zealand's first female novelist, and two police sergeants called Bullen. He met people who have revived interest in Oamaru's heritage, a latter-day Victorian, the mayor, steampunks and the genius behind the country's first moated castle. He ate whitebait frittata, muttonbird and Kurtoskalacs, and became an honorary Oamaruvian just in time for the Victorian heritage celebrations. The result is this entirely quirky, often hilarious, anecdotal "ode" to a town David Harbourne believes is still not entirely convinced that it is a jewel in New Zealand's crown. "It is", David firmly maintains. "It really is."
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ISBN 9781927167366
Published NZ 13 May 2018
Publisher Wily Publications
Format Paperback
159 In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781927167366
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Wily Publications
Imprint Wily Publications
Published 13 May 2018
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Harbourne, David
Category Biography & Autobiography
True Stories: Discovery / Historical / Scientific
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 292
Dimensions Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 993.91
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade