Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
When Thomas Powell and family left Leeds, England, and sailed
out to India in the early 1850’s, they little realised that within a few years
they would be living in New Zealand and facing different futures. Thomas, now a
widower, would remarry and become a prominent businessman and man about town.
His daughter Anna Maria would marry surveyor David Porter and raise a large
family. Meanwhile, son Wilmot went gold hunting, became a soldier, and then an
auctioneer, businessman, newspaper correspondent, poet and borough councillor.
The accidental immigrants – along with a growing family of young Powell’s born
in their new home town – played major roles in the formation of a New Zealand
John Ewan, author of Porters
in My Past, is a great great grandson of Thomas Powell.