Shining Land

Looking for Robin Hyde

Paula Morris and Haru Sameshima

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Hard cover


A unique story book for grown-ups

Shining Land: Looking for Robin Hyde brings together award-winning novelist Paula Morris and distinguished photographer Haru Sameshima. It is the second in the kōrero series of picture books edited by Lloyd Jones, written and made for grown-ups, and designed to showcase leading New Zealand writers and artists working together in a collaborative and dynamic way.

In Shining Land Morris and Sameshima focus on the New Zealand journalist, poet, fiction writer and war correspondent Robin Hyde, exploring three locations important to her difficult life and ground-breaking work. This beautifully considered small book richly rewards the reader and stretches the notion of what the book can do.

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‘Like the best picture books, Shining Land is short and physically beautiful; the narrative and the images are inseparable and entirely complementary; it’s a book to read in a single sitting, and return to. And, like the best picture books, it opens up vistas well beyond its relatively modest scale.’ — Sarah Shieff, Academy of New Zealand Literature

‘This is a lovely book, one to ponder over, and read in a quiet space that gives you time to think.’ — NZ Booklovers 

  • CATEGORY: Art, design and architecture, Literature
  • ISBN: 9780995131828
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 12/11/2020
  • FORMAT: Hard cover
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Paula Morris MNZM, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāti Whātua, is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer and essayist.

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Haru Sameshima completed an MFA (1995) at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, and has exhibited and published widely in New Zealand.