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The Dauntless Two of Martinborough
By Foss Leach
Illustrated by Linden Cowell

ISBN 9780473347994
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 285
DIMENSIONS: 240mmX170mm

This book is about the life and times of Martinborough in the mid 1950s. Although this volume is primarily a boy's adventure story with a target readership of children and younger teenagers, the themes covered are relevant to adults with an interest in the social history of New Zealand during the two decades following World War 2. The setting of the book is 1953-1955. The narrator is a 13 year old boy using the vernacular of the times. Although cast as fiction, it is based on real events. Each Chapter is a separate short story with no thematic or chronological connection with any other. Some stories describe the wilder adventures of the Dauntless Two ? trying to blow up the town rubbish dump, planning to rob a bank, building a human glider, making an underground fort, and diving for gold in the bottom of a local river. Others concern family activities such as fishing at Kiriwai and in Lake Wairapapa, pig hunting, happy times in the family possom bach on the edge of the Rimutaka forest. A range of interesting characters appear, from eccentric old men to a much respected school teacher, the local police man, doctor and chemist. The Saturday visit to the flicks is a regular feature of life in the small rural town before television, and provides inspiration for some of the adventures, while the visit of a Circus is a one-off high light.
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