Barefoot Years

Bridget Williams Books
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The myriad of the living in all of their many forms, defunct, mutant, revenant or otherwise; traversing memory’s infinite field.

Martin Edmond’s Barefoot Years is a memoir in which the author attempts to re-inhabit the lost domain of childhood. It is evocative and poignant, detailed yet fragmentary, full of half-forgotten things: what may be recovered also reveals that which is gone forever. These remembered beginnings, both familiar and strange, take us back to when a world was being made.

This BWB Text forms the first part of a full memoir by Martin Edmond to be published by Bridget Williams Books in 2015.
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About the author

Martin Edmond was born in Ohakune and grew up in small North Island towns. After university study, and a stint touring internationally with Red Mole theatre, he moved to Sydney, where he lives and writes. In 2013 he received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Non-Fiction.

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Publisher
Bridget Williams Books
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Published on
Sep 29, 2014
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Pages
100
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ISBN
9781927277676
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
History / Australia & New Zealand
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