Beside the Dark PoolKidman, Fiona
Covering the period 1958-2006, this is the second instalment of Dame Fiona's memoir. Interwoven with personal history that reflects on influences and experiences, it is also a social commentary of the political and societal events of the era. From the Springbok Tour, Muldoon and Rogernomics, to an intimate perspective of New Zealand's literary scene, it offers a recognisable overview of life in New Zealand. Often provocative and evocative in turn, it is a candid and accessible account of a life well-lived.
Comments from GroupsWe did enjoy sharing the writer's life and her view on events, organizations and people with whom she was involved; and discussed it all at length. Coromandel 002We noted the feminist theme, also racism with the Tour issues, and societal changes. So an interesting discussion as these were times we all lived through. Some of the best discussion we've had for ages. Auckland 133Quite a divisive book! Some of our group quite liked it, others really didn't. We found the style somewhat long winded and felt there wasn't a great flow of events, more jumping from topic to topic. Lots of unnecessary name dropping and harsh criticism of individuals. Auckland 267An interesting look at what was happening in NZ from 70's onwards - women's lib, protest marches etc - only 1 member of our group had not 'marched' on some pretext or other. Auckland 055Most really enjoyed it. Two felt it was not so! Lots of discussion over Springbok Tour and attitudes towards it, radical women and effect of feminist movement of 70's and the extent to which Kidman had influenced writers in NZ. Picton 002