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Life as a Novel: A Biography of Maurice Shadbolt - Volume One 1932 to 1973

Life as a Novel: A Biography of Maurice Shadbolt - Volume One 1932 to 1973
 

Maurice Shadbolt believed that New Zealanders should tell their own stories, cherish their own myths and believe in their own big lies before they could stand upright in a post-colonial world. Through his fiction, non-fiction and international journalism, he played a leading role... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781927305447
Published 9 October 2018 by David Ling Publishing Limited
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Temple, Philip
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ISBN-13 9781927305447
ISBN-10 1927305446
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 5-12 working days
Publisher David Ling Publishing Limited
Imprint David Ling Publishing Limited
Publication Date 9 October 2018
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Temple, Philip
Category Novels, Other Prose & Writers
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 165mm
Height: 240mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Novelists, New Zealand - Biography - 20th century, Authors, New Zealand - Biography - 20th century, Authors, New Zealand, Novelists, New Zealand
NBS Text Biography: Literary
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 941903

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Maurice Shadbolt believed that New Zealanders should tell their own stories, cherish their own myths and believe in their own big lies before they could stand upright in a post-colonial world. Through his fiction, non-fiction and international journalism, he played a leading role in projecting New Zealand to the world throughout the second half of the 20th century. His overseas success provoked envy among literary critics but this had little impact on his many readers at home or abroad, nor the judges who awarded him prizes and fellowships. His first novel, Among The Cinders (1965), achieved sales of more than 200,000, unprecedented for the time for a work of New Zealand fiction. His non-fiction New Zealand: Gift of the Sea (1963), in collaboration with Magnum photographer Brian Brake, also achieved enormous sales. The success of Shadbolt's books reflected the growing hunger of New Zealanders for stories about themselves. Author Philip Temple knew Maurice Shadbolt well and brings insight to his story of how Shadbolt made his mark as a writer of fiction. He also tells of Shadbolt's adventures behind the Iron Curtain; his role in anti-Vietnam War protests; his voyage to Mururoa to protest French nuclear testing. He has had unique access to Shadbolt's friends, colleagues and adversaries and an extraordinary treasure trove of letters and documents from both here and overseas in producing this absorbing book. He tells of Shadbolt's close friendships with guru poet James K. Baxter and leading painters such as Colin McCahon. Philip Temple also recounts Shadbolt's increasingly fraught personal life. By the age of 40, he had been married twice and fathered five children and been involved in numerous affairs. It is a fascinating tale about a man who became New Zealand's most well known and controversial author.

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