The crossover man

By Denis Welch In Books

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26th June, 2010
A new novel by James McNeish? My eyebrows went up when I heard. He is 78, after all, and although advancing age should be no bar to writing fiction, his last novel came out nearly 15 years ago and his two major books since then have both been historical/biographical: Dance of the Peacocks: New Zealanders in Exile in the Time of Hitler and Mao Tse-Tung and The Sixth Man: The Extraordinary Life of Paddy Costello. But then McNeish is perhaps unique among New Zealand writers in the facility with which he has moved back and forth between fiction and non-fiction. In that regard, ...

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