Civilisation : Twenty Places on the Edge of the World
Steve Braunias travels off the grid to capture weird and wonderful goings-on in small-town New Zealand. Full of fascinating - and sometimes disturbing - stories about people living in 20 places - from Kawakawa to Mosgiel, and across the seas in Samoa and Antarctica - their lives, loves, aspirations, and sometimes dark secrets. Searing insights and honesty from New Zealand's most awarded journalist - this book will be talked about!
"Steve Braunias's work goes beyond what we expect in a travel article ... He shares with us the intimacies of people's lives, their thoughts and beliefs, the values of their communities, and so the deep meanings of places... A writer the whole world would like to hear about." - Jonathan Lorie, judge, 2012 Cathay Pacific Travel Writers' Awards.
GENERAL NON-FICTION CATEGORY WINNER - NEW ZEALAND POST BOOK AWARDS 2013
What the judges said: "Steve Braunias has a tremendous feel for character and language. There are passages that would be the envy of many a novelist. The book captures a New Zealand seldom written about and does so with a sense of, by turns, compassion, absurdity, occasionally anger, but mostly delight. That delight is completely contagious."
Steve Braunias has won over 20 journalism awards, a Montana Book Award, fellowships to Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship. He is a frequent speaker at writers' and readers' festivals, editor-in-residence at Wintec School of Media Arts, Hamilton, and writer for many primetime TV series. He was also a regular panellist on TVNZ7's The Good Word. This is his sixth book.
Apia -- Collingwood -- Greymouth -- Hauraki Plains (Elstow, Te Aroha & Kerepehi) -- Hicks Bay -- Maromaku Valley -- Mercer -- Miranda -- Mosgiel -- Mt Roskill [Auckland] -- Ohinemutu -- Pegasus -- St Bathans -- Scott Base -- Tangimoana -- Wainuiomata -- Waiouru -- Wanaka -- Whakarewarewa -- Whanganui -- Winton.