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East Coast writers: David Ballantyne (1st of 2)

East Coast writers: David Ballantyne

David Ballantyne was raised partly in Hicks Bay and Gisborne. His autobiographical first novel, The Cunninghams (1948), presented a dysfunctional family living in mid-1930s Gisborne (‘Gladstone’ in the novel) through the eyes of a young adolescent. The book was first published in New York by Vanguard; the cover depicted here is from a reprint for the New Zealand market which Vanguard published in 1950.

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Monty Soutar, 'East Coast region - Arts, culture and heritage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Monty Soutar, updated 1 Mar 2015