Gorse Blooms Pale

Author(s): Davin Dan

Pukapuka Aotearoa

Dan Davin, Rhodes scholar, for many years Academic Publisher at the Clarendon Press in Oxford, and one of New Zealand's acknowledged masters of the short story, was born in Invercargill in 1914. The Gorse Blooms Pale gathers together twenty-six stories and a selection of poems reflecting his experiences while growing up in an Irish-New Zealand farming family in Southland. Comic, haunting, poetic, profound and lyrical, the stories have a regional flavour quite unlike any other body of work in New Zealand literature. They insightfully capture the character of an idiosyncratic rural community, its post-British social relationships and tribulations, with a flair equal to such other New Zealand writers as Sargeson, Frame, Middleton or Marshall. When The Gorse Blooms Pale is a rare treasure in the landscape of twentieth-century New Zealand literature. First published September 2007.


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Dan Davin was a New Zealand Rhodes Scholar who became Academic Publisher at the Clarendon Press in Oxford. Throughout his career, in his spare time, he wrote both fiction and works of memoir, from his war novel For the Rest of Their Lives (1947) and Southland novel Roads from Home (1949) to his collection of war stories The Salamander and the Fire (1986). Janet Wilson is Reader in English at University College, Northhampton and editor of the Journal for Postcolonial Writing. She has contributed to the Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature and edited Intimate Strangers - Reminiscences of Dan Davin.

Timeline; Introduction; Works Cited; Part 1 from The Gorse Blooms Pale (1947); Part 2 from Breathing Spaces (1975); Part 3 Previously Uncollected Stories; Index.

General Fields

  • : 9781877372421
  • : Otago University Press
  • : Otago University Press
  • : 0.62369
  • : January 2020
  • : 210mm X 140mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Davin Dan
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 823.914
  • : DC
  • : b&w ill.