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  • Published: 1 December 2012
  • ISBN: 9781775531593
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 399

Somebodies and Nobodies


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Honest and insightful, this memoir is a revealing picture of our recent past, of sport and poetry, the spirit of New Zealand's south and its distinctive people.

Honest and insightful, this memoir is a revealing picture of our recent past, of sport and poetry, the spirit of New Zealand's south and its distinctive people.

This is the story of a typical Dunedin childhood, surrounded by 'nobies' - an extended family of eccentric grandparents and uncles, cousins and neighbours - who made a huge impact on a young mind. It's also the story of a not-so-typical family that was fanatical about sport - cycling, hockey, cricket, golf, fishing - and went on to produce top-ranking sportsmen. It's also the story of the growth of one of New Zealand's most loved poets. It shows three boys who became somebodies, but no better nor worse than the nobodies who inspired them.

This is Brian Turner's view of the world: the landscape and people he was surrounded by; the principles he was taught; his sporting achievements; the early development of his brothers; his time moving between jobs as distinct as rabbiting in Central Otago and working in Customs; and his entry into the world of books.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2012
  • ISBN: 9781775531593
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 399

About the Author

Brian Turner

Brian Turner is a former Te Mata Poet Laureate and one of this country's best loved poets. An ardent and accomplished sportsman, conservationist and champion of our wild places, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Otago in 2011. He is the author of several books and lives in the Ida Valley in Central Otago.

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