Tui or Parson Bird Prosthemadera Novae Zealandiae. From: 'A history of the birds of New Zealand' by Walter Lawry Buller
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Strangers and Journeys

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Date

1972

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Hocken Bliss YO Sha.s

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London: Hodder and Stoughton

Abstract

Robert Burns Fellow 1963: Maurice Shadbolt (1932-2001)

After arriving in Dunedin to take up the Burns Fellowship in January 1963, Maurice Shadbolt spent the first three months of his tenure clearing the decks of his freelance commitments. Then it was on to his ‘big book’ (eventually Strangers and Journeys). However, 20,000 words in, he gave it up. In his memoir, From the Edge of the Sky, Shadbolt says he ‘felt the need to be mischievous; to write something irreverent and unworthy’. This mischievousness became Among the Cinders (1965), his first novel, which reached 200,000 in sales. Shadbolt was a rara avis – a ‘rare breed’ – in that he was able to sustain a five-decade long, financially rewarding career solely based on his writing.

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Maurice Shadbolt, “Strangers and Journeys,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed October 19, 2019, http://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/10923.

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