BWB Texts: Writers' Lives
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Award-winning New Zealand writers Martin Edmond, Maurice Gee, Kirsty Gunn and Owen Marshall explore life and memory in this bundle of BWB Texts.
These four works are combined into one easy-to-read e-book, available direct and DRM-free from our website or from international e-book retailers.
Martin Edmond's Barefoot Years is a memoir in which the author attempts to re-inhabit the lost domain of childhood.
Widely regarded as one of New Zealand's greatest fiction writers, Maurice Gee has written virtually no non-fiction. The exceptions are the two exquisite childhood reminiscences combined in a mini-memoir, Creeks and Kitchens.
In this exquisitely written 'notebook' - 'My Katherine Mansfield Project' - Kirsty Gunn explores the meaning of 'home' in Thorndon.
Owen Marshall reflects at length on his writing career and the forces that have shaped him as a writer, in Tunes for Bears to Dance To.
BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. Commissioned as short digital-first works, BWB Texts unlock diverse stories, insights and analysis from the best of our past, present and future New Zealand writing.
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Martin Edmond was born in Ohakune and grew up in small North Island towns. After university study, and a stint touring internationally with Red Mole theatre, he moved to Sydney, where he lives and writes. In 2013 he received the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Non-Fiction. Maurice Gee is widely regarded as one of New Zealand's greatest authors, for both adults and children. He has received numerous awards, nominations and grants for his adult fiction, including the Wattie Award and the Montana Award, and also for his young adult and children's books. In 2004 he received a Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement. His adult novels include the Plumb trilogy, Going West, Prowlers, Live Bodies and Blindsight. Kirsty Gunn is the author of seven works of fiction including a collection of short stories and a compendium of poetry, essays and fragments, and is published in the UK by Faber and Faber and in over twelve countries and languages throughout the world. Owen Marshall has written, or edited, over twenty-five books. He has held fellowships at the Universities of Canterbury and Otago, and in Menton, France. In 2000 he received the ONZM and in the same year his novel Harlequin Rex won the Montana New Zealand Book Awards Deutz Medal for Fiction. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Canterbury, which awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in 2002. He was awarded the CNZM in 2012 for services to literature, and in 2013 received the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction.