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McNeish, James

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Identifier: mcnj

Scope and Contents

"James McNeish is a well-known novelist and biographer. He has received critical attention in New Zealand and overseas; many of his works have appeared in London and New York. His novels include Mackenzie (1970) and Lovelock, nominated for the 1986 Booker Prize. His non-fiction encompasses social history, memoir, a psychological study of a young chorister convicted of multiple murder, The Mask of Sanity: the Bain Murders (1997), and Dance of the Peacocks: New Zealanders in exile in the time of Hitler and Mao Tse-tung (2003) which has become a standard work in the literature of expatriatism. James McNeish has also written plays." (Source: New Zealand Book Council website, URL, retrieved 17 August 2010).

Only one series of records is held from James McNeish. It is 'Photocopied material re James Bertram' and was transferred following McNeish's use of photographs from the James Bertram Papers held at this library for the exhibition "Dance of the Peacocks: New Zealanders at large in the time of Hitler and Mao Tse-Tung", which was on show in the National Library Gallery, Wellington in 2003-4.


  • Creation: 1931-

Access and use

Access is freely available in the J.C.Beaglehole Room for research and private study. For any use beyond this, please contact the J.C.Beaglehole Room ( in the first instance.


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Part of the Tapuaka Heritage & Archive Collections - JC Beaglehole Reading Room, Victoria University of Wellington Library Repository

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