By Ovenden, Keith
AN EXEMPLARY MEMOIR EXAMINING THE COMPLEX, REMARKABLE LIVES OF TWO VERY FAMOUS NEW ZEALANDERS. Keith Ovendens stylish memoir focuses on the early period of his marriage to Helen Sutch, during which time her father, the more famous and controversial Bill, an enormously significant... national figure, stood trial on charges of spying for the Russians. Its sharp focus is on the complex personalities of Sutch and his wife, the well-known lawyer Shirley Smith. It offers unprecedented insights into the SISsaccusations against Sutch and is distinctive, deeply intelligent and beautifully crafted.Read more
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Keith Ovenden is a biographer, former university political studies lecturer, broadcaster, satiric novelist and political commentator. He is the biographer of the New Zealand writer Dan Davin and is the chair of the board of the National Portrait Gallery in Wellington, where he also lives.
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