22 Oct 2019

Coining a genre: Salty History

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 2:10 pm on 22 October 2019

LUÍS TEIXEIRA, PORTOLAN CHART. Lisbon, ca. 1600 Inscribed on a scroll “Por Luis Te[ixe]ira em Lix[bo]a.” Sold in 1867 by Henry Stevens (1791-1867) to Henry Huth (1815-78), The Huth Library (1880), pt. 4, 1171. Sale of Alfred Henry Huth (1850-1910), Sotheby’s, 11 July 1917, pt. VI, n. 5914 to G. D. Smith for Henry E. Huntington. Photo: Berkeley

It's time for our book slot and RNZ producer Robert Kelly is back to try and invent another genre. Today we're looking at history and travel writing that uses an ocean as its main storytelling device. We're tentatively calling it New Wave, but we're open to suggestions! 

Books Discussed: 

  •  La Méditerranée by Fernand Braudel 
  • The Atlantic by Simon Winchester 
  • The Pacific by Simon Winchester 
  • Black Sea by Neal Ascherson  
  • The Edge of the World by Michael Pye 
  • Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History by Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney, Aroha Harris



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