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This is an auction for THE BAD OLD DAYS: A CENTURY OF LIFE IN THE YOUNG COLONY OF NEW ZEALAND by Tony Nolan.

"Were the old days as good as they’re often made out to be? Tony Nolan sets out to prove otherwise in this tongue-in-cheek selection from a wide variety of unvarnished, though rarely unbiased, eye-witness accounts of our past. Maoris and pakehas, whalers and missionaries, ladies and layabouts speak their minds about their country and each other, with no holds barred. The result may shed a completely new light on our hallowed past; it certainly makes irresistible reading. Tony Nolan is already well-known for his Gold star books on the historic goldfields of New Zealand. He says: “The journals and personal chronicles of our pioneering days have always given me such enormous pleasure that I have developed an almost missionary spirit in desiring to see them more widely read.” He hopes that those whose appetite is whetted by this book will go back to his sources and see for themselves what the bad old days glimpsed here were really like for those who had to live through them.”

Large format paperback 1979.

112 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

Payment within seven days, please.

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  • NZ Post$4.95
  • tracked mail$6.95
  • tracked mail for Rural Delivery (RD)$9.95
  • Seller allows pick-ups
  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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