Chance is a Fine Thing: 50 Years in New Zealand

Author(s): Philip Temple

Biographies & Memoirs

'The stories that I think worth telling are of how, as a young man, I left home on the other side of the world half a century ago and took the chance to become a New Zealander. More, of becoming a New Zealand writer now able to look back over 50 years and relate not only what happened to me, of how I grew up, but also something of how the country has grown and changed. It is about my developing relationship with my country and some of its people.'As Philip Temple explains in his preface, this is about his life and the country he chose to call home. This memoir shows how he came about this decision, how he left the UK at a relatively young age, and how he came to explore and love this country, scaling its mountains and writing its stories. New Zealand has always pulled him back to its shores, despite a number of adventures overseas, discovering previously unknown regions of the world, sailing in exciting waters, trailing through Europe, plus a relationship with a woman living in Berlin. Despite all, this remains his country. This is an honest and varied appraisal of his life, revealing his personal and professional relationships, including his search for his father, the failure of his marriage and difficult times working for the Listener. First published March 2009, Auckland


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Philip Temple has been described as the most versatile writer in NZ. He has written eight novels, some of which have been published overseas and he has won awards both here and elsewhere for his children's books, historical biographies and tv documentaries. He has also published photographic books, political works and walking track guides. Among various fellowships, Philip Temple has been the Robert Burns Fellow at the Uni of Otago, Katherine Mansfield Fellow at Menton and held the Creative NZ Berlin Writers Residency. In 2005 he was given a Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement.

General Fields

  • : 9781869419851
  • : Random House New Zealand Ltd
  • : Vintage New Zealand
  • : March 2009
  • : 230 x 152mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Philip Temple
  • : Paperback
  • : 1st Edition
  • : 823.2
  • : Very Good
  • : 272
  • : Biography & autobiography: literary
  • : 40 black & white photographs