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My father's island : a memoir / Adam Dudding.

By: Dudding, Adam [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington : Victoria University Press, 2016Description: 271 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781776560820.Subject(s): Dudding, Robin | Dudding, Adam -- Family | Periodical editors -- New Zealand -- BiographyGenre/Form: Biographies.DDC classification: 070.51092 Awards: Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for General Non-Fiction Winner 2017.Summary: "Adam Dudding examines his father's public achievements, and also writes frankly and movingly about what it was like to grow up the son of a famously painstaking worker who struggled to provide for his family of six children, and who increasingly isolated himself from the literary world that wanted to embrace him, and behaved in his marriage in ways that are distressingly typical of a generation of men who felt sidelined by social change."--Publisher information.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

After the death of his brilliant, eccentric father, Adam Dudding went in search of the stories and secrets of a man who had been a loving parent and husband, but was also a tormented, controlling and at times cruel man.Robin Dudding was the greatest New Zealand literary editor of his generation - friend and mentor of many of our best-known writers. At his peak he published the country's finest literary journal on the smell of an oily rag from a falling-down house overflowing with books, long-haired children and chickens - an island of nonconformity in the heart of 1970s Auckland suburbia. Yet when Robin's uncompromising integrity tipped into something much more self-destructive, a dark shadow fell over his career and personal life.In My Father's Island, Adam Dudding writes frankly about the rise and fall of an unconventional cultural figure. But this is also a moving, funny and deeply personal story of a family, of a marriage, of feuds and secret loves - and of a son's dawning understanding of his father.

"Adam Dudding examines his father's public achievements, and also writes frankly and movingly about what it was like to grow up the son of a famously painstaking worker who struggled to provide for his family of six children, and who increasingly isolated himself from the literary world that wanted to embrace him, and behaved in his marriage in ways that are distressingly typical of a generation of men who felt sidelined by social change."--Publisher information.

NZBookAwards2017

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for General Non-Fiction Winner 2017.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 1 Funeral (p. 9)
  • 2 Damascus (p. 27)
  • 3 Letters (p. 31)
  • 4 Woodspring Cottage (p. 47)
  • 5 Tripe on Friday (p. 60)
  • 6 At the bach (p. 69)
  • 7 A freakish notion (p. 75)
  • 8 Men of Achievement 1974 (p. 94)
  • 9 A different star (p. 104)
  • 10 Lean and hungry (p. 124)
  • 11 Cold south (p. 137)
  • 12 Three very short stories about Sealy Road (p. 151)
  • 13 Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire (p. 154)
  • 14 The women (p. 174)
  • 15 The boy with the long hair (p. 188)
  • 16 Moving the furniture back (p. 201)
  • 17 Some tentative theories as to the cause of the mid-life decline of Robin Dudding (p. 223)
  • 18 Return to Damascus (p. 230)
  • 19 Getting better all the time (p. 236)
  • 20 Emails north (p. 241)
  • 21 Sixteen things my father taught me (p. 250)
  • 22 Summer (p. 253)
  • Tailfeather (p. 269)