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This is an auction for AT THE EDGE OF MEMORY by Michael King.

"This latest book by Michael King isn't about being a historian, but reading it is a bit like watching any expert do their thing: the apparent ease and grace with which King tells this simple story about his extended family belie the hard work, the years of solid experience. While it's a story about mostly unfamous people and much of it takes place in Hamilton - a small city in a small country - it nevertheless has far-reaching consequences. This is the story of King's great-uncle by marriage, Maurice Belgrave, who arrived in New Zealand in 1908 and became a successful Hamilton draper and businessman. He insisted he was a Gaelic-speaking Scottish Presbyterian (this seemed to explain his slight accent), although he converted to Catholicism to marry one of his shop assistants, Margaret Hartnett. The couple had three sons and became, King says, "a prominent Catholic clan", well respected in the city. Yet all this, King reveals, was invention, although during his life "Bel", as Maurice Belgrave was known by those close to him, gave his family no clues about his identity and history. The only indication of his origins was given to the family's housekeeper who happened upon him one day in August 1943, listening with tears glistening on his cheeks to the BBC radio reports of Nazi extermination camps where most of the inmates were believed to be Jewish. "Those are my people," he wept. Just days later, possibly worn out by repressed truth, guilt and grief, he died of a heart attack..."

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Penguin hardback 2002.

168 pages + photographs.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95. If you are on rural delivery 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.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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