By Janet Charman

ISBN-10: 1869407288

ISBN-13: 9781869407285

If 'mother will not come to us', New Zealanders needs to visit mom . . . the following an expat poet reveals herself in alien but surprisingly widespread territory, a spot her ancestors 'got off'. What needs to she do to outlive? rating herself a bedsit, paintings in a pub, hunt up an workplace activity - and hold an eye fixed out. Set at the cusp of the 1970s-80s, Janet Charman's compelling new e-book centres at the disorienting stories of a tender girl newly arrived in London - squalid residences, temp paintings, ancestral visits and journeys to the Continent. Charman has a laser-sharp eye for unsettling social cues, her outsider's imaginative and prescient of the town over and over challenged by way of encounters with an array of its extraordinary population - the far away kin who stayed at domestic; her welfare 'clients' and their social staff; and her fellow antipodean guests. And all touch within the new previous land is marked by way of the claims and stories of that different white coast: Aotearoa. Charman's account of the OE adventure unearths a passage hedged with earnest expectation and ripe with the black comedy of disillusion. In gritty lyrics, telling information and biting observe play, this multi-voiced narrative units out a mundane pilgrimage - of the various generations of Kiwis to alight on the white coast, it is a shining list from a unmarried traveller.

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