Title: This Pakeha Life
Authors: Jones, Alison
Genre: Non Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 228
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: This book is about my making sense here, of my becoming and being Pakeha. Every Pakeha becomes a Pakeha in their own way, finding her or his own meaning for that Maori word. This is the story of what it means to me.

I have written this book for Pakeha - and other New Zealanders - curious about their sense of identity and about the ambivalences we Pakeha often experience in our relationships with Maori.

A timely and perceptive memoir from award-winning author and academic Alison Jones. As questions of identity come to the fore once more in New Zealand, this frank and humane account of a life spent traversing Pakeha and Maori worlds offers important insights into our shared life on these islands. [Taken from book blurb, Bridget Williams Books]

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I rated this book highly. The book is interesting, has a flowing style and is easy to read. I was very pleased I read it."

"There is a clarity of who she is and why the subject is important to her."

"There is not much of a picture of the author's own family context but I imagine this is deliberate."

"I found the glossary end end-notes to be very useful."

'Everyone's experiences of the relationship will differ but I think most would be engaged with this book."

"There are many 'recognisable' thoughts and experiences."

"I found the book to be frank, relatable and honest."

"I really liked the background to Maori language, the structure, meanings and relationships."

"Very interesting, very timely, and would lead to robust discussions I think."

Categories: Non Fiction - New Zealand, Biography, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Maori, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, 2023 Titles - Coming Soon


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