Waimarino Country: and Other Excursions
‘In a word. Brilliant.’ – Andrew Paul Wood, NZ Listener. ‘Edmond’s prose is everywhere excellent.’ – Lawrence Jones, Otago Daily Times
A new work from a master prose stylist, Waimarino County is a book of essays described as ‘elegant discursions on themes of memory, words and travel’.
Edmond has developed over four books now an idiosyncratic and utterly engaging way of writing that always draws on himself and his own often quite intimate experience. Yet his writing is never egotistical or self-absorbed; it turns outwards, to the past, to the landscape and the natural world, to other writers and artists, to journeys and distant places. Though held together by a single consciousness the book is divided into four sections, ‘Autobiographies’, mostly memories of a New Zealand childhood and adolescence, ‘Meditations’ on subjects ranging from the Rosetta Stone to the late Alan Brunton, ‘Illusions’, on dreams and visions, and ‘Voices’, a long essay on the mysterious identity of the writer.
Waimarino County confirms the view that Martin Edmond is a major voice in our literature.
Ohakune-born Martin Edmond is now based in Sydney but is often in New Zealand. Several of his screenplays have been produced as awardwinning films and four of his books have been shortlisted in the national book awards; his Chronicle of the Unsung won the biography category of the 2005 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. He was the 2004 Writing Fellow at The University of Auckland, in 2007 won a CLL Writers’ Award to support writing Zone of the Marvellous, and was a Michael King Writers’ Centre Writer in Residence in 2010.
Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Biography Category 2008.