Author(s): Robin Hyde
"...most of us here are human godwits; our north is mostly England. Our youth, our best, our intelligent, brave and beautiful, must make the long migration, under a compulsion they hardly understand; or else be dissatisfied all their lives long. They are the godwits."
Robyn Hyde's wistful and engaging novel, first published in 1938, has now become a New Zealand classic. Strongly autobiographical, it vividly conveys the intensely felt words of the adolescent - love, poetry and England - and the enthralling but sometimes painful experience of growing up female. And its picture of family life in early twentieth century Wellington, in all its physical details, emotional tensions, muddle and variety, lingers in the mind.
The Godwits Fly is here introduced by Gloria Rawlinson, who traces the writing of the novel through Robin Hyde's letters and journals and relates it to her other work. It vividly conveys the growth to adulthood of Eliza Hannay, her dreams of poetry and love, and her painful encounters with the realities of romance.