Strange Beautiful Excitement

Author(s): Yska Redmer

NZ History/Society

How does a city make a writer? Described by Fiona Kidman as a 'ravishing, immersing read', A Strange Beautiful Excitement is a 'wild ride' through the Wellington of Katherine Mansfield's childhood. From the grubby, wind-blasted streets of Thorndon to the hushed green valley of Karori, author Redmer Yska, himself raised in Karori, retraces Mansfield's old ground: the sights, sounds and smells of the rickety colonial capital, as experienced by the budding writer.


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Longlisted for 2018 Ockham NZ Book Awards - The Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction.

"Its not enough to say I immensely enjoyed A Strange Beautiful Excitement ... its simply splendid." -- Dame Fiona Kidman

"... the best account I have ever read of Wellington and Karori as they were in Mansfields day ... Vivid and vigorous, it is a pleasure to read." -- Kathleen Jones, KM biographer

Redmer Yska is a Wellington-born writer and historian. He has published books about postwar teenagers (bodgies and widgies), Dutch New Zealanders like himself, and a commissioned history of Wellington City. He was awarded the National Library Research Fellowship to write a history of NZ Truth, published in 2010. Yska was the major recipient of a New Zealand History Research Trust Fund Award in 2014, allowing him to write this book.

General Fields

  • : 9780947522544
  • : Otago University Press
  • : Otago University Press
  • : July 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Yska Redmer
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 823.2
  • : B
  • : colour illus