Story: Fiction

Nelle Scanlan

Nelle Scanlan

Nelle Scanlan was the most popular New Zealand novelist of the 1930s and 1940s. Local readers were hooked on her Pencarrow series, four novels which followed the generational fortunes of the Pencarrow family. The books celebrate New Zealand's Pākehā pioneers and pioneering virtues such as hard work and independence. Scanlan's conservative politics were laid bare in the fourth book, which criticises New Zealand's first Labour government and its socialist policies. 

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Lydia Wevers, 'Fiction - Women writers, 1920s and 1930s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Lydia Wevers, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 1 Aug 2015