A Southern Gentry
New Zealand's '1 per cent' in the nineteenth century. A colourful, often satirical, portrait of the way the fabulous profits from huge flocks of sheep were used to found dynasties of snobbish landowners in colonial society, this book has provoked some of the stormiest debates in recent years not only about the society of colonial times but also about the fundamental truths of the meaning of history in New Zealand.
Tony Simpson: ‘an extraordinarily interesting book.’
Trevor Burnard: ‘racy, well-written.’
AH & AW Reed, Wellington 198-