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"The Half-Gallon Quarter-acre Pavlova Paradise" by Austin Mitchell.

Hardcover, 19872. In tidy, clean condition.

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An introduction to the wonderful people, the fulfilling lifestyle and the fascinating spectacles which will greet the interested immigrant on her or his arrival in NZ, a land believed by many to be the fairest jewel in the British Crown; the whole being communicated in the form of 12 letters to a new settler.

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The Half Gallon Quarter Acre Pavlova Paradise was a popular book by Austin Mitchell, published by Whitcombe and Tombs (Christchurch, 1972), with illustrations by Les Gibbard. It provided a witty, satirical description of life in 1960s New Zealand, and Kiwi culture.

Described as "a celebrated vision of New Zealand as heaven on earth", the book was a great success in New Zealand. The phrase "Half Gallon Quarter Acre Pavlova Paradise" soon became part of the New Zealand vernacular, with the term "quarter acre pavlova paradise" being included in the Dictionary of New Zealand English. Mitchell revisited New Zealand 30 years after writing his original volume, and motivated by the social changes he observed, he penned a sequel entitled Pavlova Paradise Revisited.

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