Author(s): Lydia Wevers
The first substantial study of travel writing about New Zealand in the colonial period, Country of Writing puts it into the wider context of the European settlement of new societies. It discusses a great range of writing often from little-known names and unexpected sources who all played a part in putting New Zealand on the map of the wider world. From Wevers' perspective readers are as important as the writers, as their interests and expectations often tailored the kind of travel books that were written, and she shows how New Zealand was presented to the rest of the world through a rich and colourful range of voices. Visual impressions of various kinds played a role too and the book is well-illustrated with contemporary pictures.