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Thorndon: Wellington and Home: My Katherine Mansfield Project (BWB Texts)

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‘If I began asking you questions about Wellington ways there would be no end to it …’ Katherine Mansfield

‘I came home to Wellington, to a place half remembered, half real, half fantasy, half fact, remembered and a dream …’ Kirsty Gunn

In this exquisitely written ‘notebook’, Kirsty Gunn explores the meaning of home. Returning to the city of her birth after an absence of th
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Kindle Edition, 77 pages
Published March 5th 2014 by Bridget Williams Books
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S.K.Fischer
Feb 17, 2015 S.K.Fischer rated it it was amazing
Well done, Kirsty Gunn.
This little book stirred up some big deep emotions. I cried at the end. I will keep it with me as I continue to live in far away places.
Josephine Ensign
Aug 29, 2015 Josephine Ensign rated it liked it
Written in the form of a 'notebook' or almost 'scrapbook'--with bits of fiction and quotes from Mansfield mixed in with personal reflections, it is somehow both haunting and 'twee.' I read this while in Auckland and plan to revisit it this coming week while staying in Wellington. It may make even more sense to me once I am back in windy Wellie.
Malcolm Hebron
Mar 25, 2016 Malcolm Hebron rated it really liked it
Kirsty Gunn returns to her native New Zealand as a Randell Fellow, and reflects on her own relationship to the country she left (she now teahes in Dundee) and to Katherine Mansfield, who also left NZ for Europe, never to return. There are reflections on the meaning of home, exile and memory which take in the author's personal experience, but refract it through Mansfield's own writing. KM couldn't wait to leave the old country, but in her restless life in Europe she recreated it down to the ...more
Kirsty
Feb 04, 2016 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All about the interplay between what is home, and when you leave the place you grew up and live somewhere else, what does it mean when you return.

It was interesting and some of Kirsty Gunn's short stories are arrestingly moving.

I think I would have got more from it if I'd read anything by Katherine Mansfield and also the fact that it focuses on the fact both women have left Wellington for London, and having never been to new Zealand I almost felt a bit outside some points, like there was an ex
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Kirsty Gunn was born in 1960 in New Zealand and educated at Queen Margaret College and Victoria University, Wellington, and at Oxford, where she completed an M.Phil. After moving to London she worked as a freelance journalist.

Her fiction includes the acclaimed Rain (1994), the story of an adolescent girl and the break-up of her family, for which she won a London Arts Board Literature Award; The Ke
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