Dark Night: Walking with McCahon

Author(s): Martin Edmond

NZ Non-Fiction

In 1984, on his way to a major exhibition opening, celebrated New Zealand painter Colin McCahon went missing for 24 hours in Sydney, Australia. He was discovered by police the next day on a bench in Centennial Park with no identification and suffering from amnesia; by all accounts, McCahon was never quite the same from this night until his death three years later. This work of creative nonfiction underscores the life and work of Colin McCahon and traces a possible McCahon route across Sydney, wandering through bars and flop houses, streets and churches. Exploring key issues, such as the attractions of the bottle, the role of faith and religion, the illuminating power of the imagination, and the hold of family relationships, this record chronicles not only a mysterious incident but also the life and art of the man who lived it.


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Shortlisted for the Douglas Stewart Prize in the 2013 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

"The collection is variously stimulating, challenging and, well, plain brilliant." --Philip Temple, "New Zealand Books", on "Waimarino County"

Born in Ohakune, New Zealand, in 1952, Martin Edmond is a writer of nonfiction, biography, poetry and screenplays including the Montana Award winning Chronicle of the Unsung. For Auckland University Press most recently, Edmond has written Waimarino County (2007), which was shortlisted for the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, and Zone of the Marvellous: On the Idea of the Antipodes (2009) for which Edmond won the Copyright Licensing Ltd Writers Award and which is now in a second printing. When not writing, Edmond drives a taxi in Sydney, Australia.

General Fields

  • : 9781869404833
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : July 2011
  • : New Zealand
  • : July 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Martin Edmond
  • : Paperback
  • : 1st Edition
  • : English
  • : 759.993
  • : 198