Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Windsor Reserve to Windsor Castle: Hector Bolitho

Image originally from Dunedin Public Libraries. They have a page on Hector Bolitho as well.

Today, after I gave a talk to the Auckland branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists, I purchased the book Windsor Reserve to Windsor Castle from Joyce Fairgray, author of an essay which is the feature of the book

I promised Joyce I'd put in a promo for this very interesting book about one of our Kiwis who did well overseas. Besides, I have a soft spot for Devonport Library -- a brilliant place, and very helpful when I researched the Bear Gardens during preparation of The Zoo War. According to the North Shore City Libraries site, the Devonport Library Associates support the library and run evening events open to the public.

Here's the Association's information:

Devonport Library Associates present their latest publication ...

Windsor Reserve to Windsor Castle

A biography of Hector Bolitho.

Brought up from the age of 10 in Devonport, Hector Bolitho went on to have a remarkable career as a writer, becoming well known in Europe and America, particularly for his royal biographies. In 1919 he published two short books, "The Island of Kawau" and "Devonport on the Waitemata". Facsimilies of these are included in the book, as well as a lengthy biographical essay by Joyce Fairgray, and an extensive bibliography.
Obtainable from Devonport Library, Windsor Reserve, Victoria Rd, Devonport, North Shore, New Zealand $20 each.
Mail order: Packaging and postage within New Zealand add $3
Aust add NZ$7, Other areas add NZ$10.
Payable by cash, cheque, money order
More details, email: lindah@shorelibraries.govt.nz

The book is A5 in size, softcover, 113 pages, illustrated throughout. A very attractive and informative work -- I'm delighted I met Joyce today, one of those who worked to put it together.

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