Country of Writing: Travel Writing and New Zealand

Lydia Wevers

‘. . . a highly original look at the way our society has been shaped by deciphering the countless books and articles we have read, written and made our own.’ – David Burton, Dominion Post


This pioneering work examines the vast literature of travel that brought New Zealand into the newsstands, libraries and smoking rooms of nineteenth-century Europe and helped place it on the literary map while connecting the new colony to the interests of empire. Wevers’s stimulating discussion also provides an oblique history of the young nation.


Lydia Wevers is professor at the Stout Centre at Victoria University of Wellington and author of a number of books.

December 2003, 180 x 159 mm, 240 pages, illustrations
Paperback, ISBN 9781869402716, $49.99