The first in our Timeless Tangerine series
Visiting Ghosts won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Centenary Award in 1988. This is the first in our series, Timeless Tangerine, which will see the republication of classic works. Visiting Ghosts is a collection of short stories by award-winning New Zealander writer Judith White.
Supporting New Zealand photographers
New Zealander Desmond Bovey worked as an art director and illustrator in Besançon, France, for 30 years. He has dual nationality. For many years he travelled to Africa pursuing his interest in photography of traditional arts and ceremonies. In 2011 he returned to live in his home town, Whanganui. The cover photograph was taken in the mid-1970s when Bovey and two friends were on a 2000km horseback tour of New Zealand’s South Island. During the trek they overnighted in all manner of buildings, such as the one photographed here (right). Our Timeless Tangerine series supports and celebrates the work of New Zealand photographers.
Bomble is dead, Mr Hubbard is dead, but Leo and Toby are very much alive. The psychologist’s behaviour is not entirely ethical, and Ruth is gloriously and wonderfully wicked. Roland finds a surprise in his mother’s wardrobe and the cow-girl finds her way across the bridge. Little wonder that these stories by Judith White won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Centenary Award.
First published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1991, the stories in Visiting Ghosts are quirky and unpredictable, exploring some serious issues in unconventional ways. Elegantly written, with acute powers of observation and wry humour, they explore the frailty and resilience of the human condition in a broad range of circumstances. This collection of stories, the first in the Timeless Tangerine series, is a New Zealand classic, and their author a significant voice in the New Zealand literary landscape.