Title: The New Zealand Novel 1860-1965

Author: Joan Stevens

Publication details: Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd, 1966

Digital publication kindly authorised by: Sylvia Johnston

Part of: New Zealand Texts Collection

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The New Zealand Novel 1860-1965

More Pops

More Pops. This is the point at which it will be convenient to mention briefly a number of other writers of light fiction. Alice Kenny's The Rebel, 1934, is a Coromandel story of brothers and sisters, a dominating father, and a supposed long-lost brother. Annie Clapperton's The Lauder Brothers, 1936, provides floods, sheep stealing, two brothers, a half-caste girl who manages her own farm, and an eccentric will, all in a Lake Wakatipu setting. Other women writing romances in the 1930s include Joan Hewett, Mary Blair, Prudence Cadey, Elizabeth Milton, and Hazel Adair. Dulce Carman, now well known as a writer of these exploiting novels, published her first, The page 46Broad Stairway, in 1924. Anna Whyte's Lights are Brighter, 1936, touches briefly at New Zealand in a cargo-liner love story.

Oddly enough, there are at this period few examples of the parallel masculine exploiting novel. W. G. Holder's Restless Earth, 1933, a sensational treatment of the Napier earthquake, is one. Two others are Frank Boreham's The Song of the Stars, a Maori romance, 1927, and S. S. Wright's Oak Uprooted; a romance of early New Zealand, 1936. Also historical are the stories of Norman Sadd.