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The expatriates
The expatriates
Edmond, Martin2017
"The connection between a colony and its founder, centre and margin, is always paradoxical. Where once Britain sent colonists out into the world, now the descendents of those colonists return to interrogate the centre. This is a book about four of these returners: Harold Williams, journalist, linguist, Foreign Editor of The Times; Ronald Syme, spy, libertarian, historian of ancient Rome; John Platt-Mills, radical lawyer and political activist; and Joseph Burney Trapp, librarian, scholar and protector of culture. These were men, born in remote New Zealand, who achieved fame in Europe-even as they were lost sight of at home. Men who became, from the point of view of their country of origin, expatriates. A writer of penetrating insight, Martin Edmond explores the intersections of past and present in the lives of these four extraordinary individuals. Their stories combine, in the hands of this award-winning writer, to a moving reflection upon New Zealand's place in the world, then and now."--Publisher's description.
Main title:
The expatriates / Martin Edmond.
Wellington, NZ : Bridget Williams Books, 2017.
323 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references.
Introduction : a strange affliction -- The world is my parish -- The provincial at Rome -- Twentieth century boy -- The memory house -- Afterword : the birdcage of the souls.
Dewey class:
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Brighton LibrarySociety and Beliefs305.90691 EDMAvailable