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The Hungry Heart; Journeys with William Colenso by Peter Wells, Published by Vintage Books, 2011, Hardcover, Pgs 467, b&w + colour photos throughout, endnotes, image credits, index.

Condition: In near new condition, as issued with laminated boards, very minor bump to bottom back corner of board. No markings ir inscriptions within, clean and bright throughout.

Printer, botanist and missionary, William Colenso was a nineteenth-century maverick, a true original. He protested at the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, arguing that Maori did not fully understand its implications. He became a troubled conscience during the white-hot period of colonisation, maintaining his dissident voice throughout his career. Peter Wells refreshes our vision of this awkward, highly talented man, who lost his family after the church expelled him for fathering a child by a Maori woman. Rejected by church, family and friends. Colenso made botany his home and lovingly described the plants of New Zealand. At the same time he wrote a series of remarkable pamphlets that open up our past. 'I write for future generations,' he noted in 1881. Chapters include: Where is Here?, Yong Man With a Horn, The Cradle of History, Cry Me a River, Magic Lantern, We Are a Family, Enigmatic Spaces, Crash Landing, The Coldest Mission Station in New Zealand, A Horse Called Ceasar, Pull Down the Blinds, A Poem for Elizabeth, Mr Colenso’s Grievous Fall, Can I the Dart Forget?, Fire and Wind, Goodbye, A Canoe Has Come, Whereabouts Unknown, A Dry Place High On the Hill, A Hot Berth, Hear the Other Side, The Wanderer, My Darling Pursuit, The Living Encyclopedia, The Vandal at the Gate, Another Look Around.
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