Author(s): Felicity Barnes
Barnes is a very good historian who writes well … and the completed book will be both intellectually weighty and a good read,’ our reviewer wrote. ‘[It] will offer a broader, richer and more culturally inflected reading of the relationship between New Zealand and Britain.’
Antipodean soldiers and writers, meat carcasses and moa, British films and Kiwi tourists: over the last 150 years, all of these people, things and ideas have gone back and forth from New Zealand to London to help define, and redefine, the relationship between this country and the colonial centre.
In New Zealand’s London, expanded from an award-winning PhD thesis from the University of Auckland, Felicity Barnes explores ‘a colony and its metropolis’ from Edward Gibbon Wakefield to EastEnders. By focusing on particular themes – from agricultural marketing to expatriate writers – Barnes develops a larger story about colonial and national identity.
New Zealand’s London is already being hailed as a landmark work of historical writing on the development of our culture
Dr Felicity Barnes teaches in the department of history at the University of Auckland. She won the University’s best doctoral dissertation award for the thesis upon which this book is based. New Zealand’s London will be her first book.