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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has light fading to the spine area, and short creasing to the top edge around the spine area. The top outside corner of the first page has been cut off. The rest of the book has no faults.

The dimensions: 192x248mm.
Pages: 234
Publisher: A.H & A.W. Reed
Publication date: 1980 reprint

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The Shock of ’31: The Hawke’s Bay Earthquake
By Geoff Conly

"I was at Napier during the awful earthquake…There was no sign of panic, no looting, no selfishness. From beginning to end they (the people of Hawke's Bay) behaved with the utmost courage. If I had not seen it I would not have believed that a whole community would rise to such heights in the face of utter destruction...."

So wrote an eye-witness from London. But everywhere the story was the same - and everyone had a tale to tell.

The year 1981 is the 50th anniversary of the Hawke's Bay earthquake. Even 25 years ago it might have been impossible for an account of the tragedy to be written. For many of the survivors, rescuers, and relief workers the events were then still too close, their consequences still too evident. Here, 50 years later, Geoff Conly tells their story a detailed, highly readable and impressively illustrated documentary, researched from written re cords and almost 200 personal interviews.

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