City Gallery City Gallery Wellington

Past event

The Expatriates: Martin Edmond in conversation with Jane Parkin

28 May 2018

Martin Edmond’s new book The Expatriates explores the connections between New Zealand and Europe through the lives of four extraordinary individuals.

Harold Williams, journalist and expert linguist; Ronald Syme, spy and historian of ancient Rome; John Platts-Mills, radical lawyer; and Joe Trapp, librarian—all of these men were born in New Zealand but achieved fame in Europe. They became, from the perspective of New Zealand, expatriates.

Martin Edmond will read from The Expatriates followed by a discussion with the author and  editor Jane Parkin on multiple worlds of ‘home’ and ‘away’ explored in the book.

In partnership with Bridget Williams Books