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Touchstones (edition 2012)

by James McNeish

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Title:Touchstones
Authors:James McNeish
Info:Random House New Zealand (2012), Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Memoir, New Zealand, autobiography, Joan Littlewood, Chichester, BBC, Danielo Dolci

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Touchstones by James McNeish

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Read it all in one day, a damn good yarn, he is a great story teller...
The leit motif is an examination of the outsider in a society - maybe lal writers are outsiders, that is how they can observe and comment...
A pity about the photos, too dark, the book is otherwise a pleasing object, but the photos within have been treated roughly - every one of them is too dark, so that some are practically just silhouettes.
His loving relationship with his father - and the photo of his father - are both deeply touching. ( )
  michalsuz | Jul 15, 2012 |
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"A young man leaves home as a deckhand on a Norwegian freighter, to travel the world. He returns to New Zealand changed almost beyond recognition. Along the way he meets nine people who influence his life and help make him the writer he becomes.These include 'the Mother Courage of the English theatre', an anti-Mafia reformer in Sicily, a Kanak revolutionary who is assassinated, a rejected cousin and 'Mr Punch in naval uniform', the New Zealand poet Denis Glover"--Publisher information.… (more)

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