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Cover artist  Murray Grimsdale
Publisher  Lyndon
Media type  Print (Paperback)
Originally published  1989
Country  New Zealand
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Language  English
Publication date  1989
Pages  160 pp
Author  Ian Middleton
OCLC  21096645
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Mr Ponsonby is the fourth novel from noted New Zealand author Ian Middleton, and is described as "his eulogy to a gentrifying Ponsonby". He had an intimate connection with Ponsonby (a suburb in Auckland, New Zealand), where the book is set, beginning in 1942 and returning to live there in later life. It is the story of a man driven by greed, willing to destroy the character and nature of a lively, spririted community for the sake of a dollar. Mr Ponsonby "vividly recreates the atmosphere and characters of an Auckland suburb threatened by reconstruction" and the clash between the proponents of progress, development and gentrification and the inhabitants of an established community with its own unique character.

Reviews

  • Richards, Ian. New Zealand Listener 126 (2608), p. 126; 5 March 1990.
  • McLean, Gavin. Otago Daily Times p. 28; 14 June 1989.
  • King, Michael. Metro 9(96):184-186; June 1989.
  • Reynolds, Ted. New Zealand Herald 2:6; 25 February 1989.
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