The Book of Iris: A Life of Robin Hyde

Author(s): Derek Challis


  • Longlisted, Montana New Zealand Book Awards, 2003 (Non-Fiction: Biography Section)
  • This extraordinary biography of Robin Hyde (Iris Wilkinson) has been in the making for forty years and it fills a major gap in our literary history. It is a gripping and profoundly moving story which includes appalling accounts of hidden pregnancies, experience as a solo mother, dependence on drugs, intimate acquaintance with sexism and poverty, mental breakdown, an extraordinary trip in China during the Sino-Japanese war. Hyde is revealed here, especially in her letters, as a feisty, witty, courageous woman rather than the languid and sentimental adolescent laughed at by contemporary male writers.


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    General Fields

    • : 9781869402679
    • : Auckland University Press
    • : Auckland University Press
    • : December 2002
    • : 240mm X 170mm X 56mm
    • : New Zealand
    • : books

    Special Fields

    • : Hardback
    • : 823
    • : 800
    • : illustrations
    • : Derek Challis