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In Search of Paradise


In Search of Paradise

Author: Graeme Lay
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In this lavishly illustrated book, author Graeme Lay presents the lives of twenty-three of the finest artists and writers to have been inspired by the South Pacific, and a rich selection of their works. In Search of Paradise is a compilation of memorable visual and literary journeys, covering two hundred years of European contact with the South Pacific islands and the people who inhabited them at a unique period in the region's history. Among the art and writings included are:

  • The candid chronicles of Joseph Banks

  • Louis-Antoine de Bougainville's discovery of Tahitian free love

  • Herman Melville's very first fiction

  • Robert Louis Stevenson's life and death in Samoa

  • The radiant paintings of Paul Gauguin

  • Gottfried Lindauer's depiction of a presumed-dying Maori race

  • The love affair of Rupert Brooke's life

  • The inspiration for Somerset Maugham's best-known short story, and

  • The remarkable literary partnership of Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall.

Author description

Auckland-based writer Graeme Lay has written or edited thirty-eight works of fiction and non-fiction, including novels for adults and young adults, collections of short stories and books of travel writing. Many of his books, both fiction and non-fiction, are set in the islands of the South Pacific, a region through which he has travelled extensively.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9781869621537
  • : Random House New Zealand Ltd
  • : Godwit
  • : September 2008
  • : 270mm X 290mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 709.22
  • : Hardback
  • : Full-Colour illustrations
  • : Graeme Lay
  • : Art styles not limited by date; Art treatments & subjects; Novels, other prose & writers; Social & cultural history
  • : 272