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This is an auction for PAVLOVA PARADISE REVISITED by Austin Mitchell.


"In the early 1960s Austin Mitchell, a history graduate from Yorkshire, tried to get a position in English academia. He wasn't brillant enough for one of the British universities, but the University of Otago in Dunedin accepted him as a lecturer in English history. He spend ten years in the socialist paradise that was 1960s New Zealand and then wrote a book about it that terribly upset everyone, as it painted New Zealand as a backwater full of naive Little Englanders which closes at 5 pm. Mitchell returned to the UK in the early 1970s and became a Labour MP and all around good guy. In 2001, funded by TVNZ, he returned to see what had changed. He was viewed with suspicion, but as he was a real MP from the Motherland he had access to all the political leaders and important figureheads. Mitchell does it pretty well: he is a good observer without any respect for Kiwi lore and describes current New Zealand society very well. When it comes to political history, he takes a step back and lets the politicians talk about the transformations that happened during the 1980s from the inside, confining himself to the occasional rude remark. His book got horrible reviews in New Zealand, mainly because the bloody Pom had no respect for its inhabitants at all. This it what makes it a fun and entertaining read for non-Kiwis: it is a witty and sharp characterization of contemporary New Zealand and the political shifts it has undergone in the last 30 years."

Penguin paperback 2002.

286 pages + photographs.

Very good condition.

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

If you are in Australia, the cost of shipping will be $13.83.

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

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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