My Father's Island: A Memoir
After the death of his brilliant, eccentric father, Adam Dudding went in search of the stories and secrets of a man who had been a loving parent and husband, but was also a tormented, controlling and at times cruel man.
Robin Dudding was the greatest New Zealand literary editor of his generation - friend and mentor of many of our best-known writers. At his peak he published the country's finest literary journal on the smell of an oily rag from a falling-down house overflowing with books, long-haired children and chickens - an island of nonconformity in the heart of 1970s Auckland suburbia. Yet when Robin's uncompromising integrity tipped into something much more self-destructive, a dark shadow fell over his career and personal life.
In My Father's Island, Adam Dudding writes frankly about the rise and fall of an unconventional cultural figure. But this is also a moving, funny and deeply personal story of a family, of a marriage, of feuds and secret loves - and of a son's dawning understanding of his father.
Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction
The E H McCormick Best First Book Award for General Non-Fiction - Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017.
Adam Dudding is a reporter for Fairfax Media and has won numerous feature-writing awards. He lives in Auckland with his wife, two children, two dogs and no chickens. This is his first book.