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Barbara Ewing

One Minute Crying Time

 

 

 

 

This book, my tenth, (and the only non-fiction book I have ever written), was published by Massey University Press, New Zealand, in May 2020. It is an account of 1950s New Zealand: a country that perhaps saw itself rather differently from the picture portrayed in the diaries of an earnest teenager (me) of the time.

Publication was delayed by the Covid 19 Pandemic. Newspapers and magazines closed down, or were sold by their foreign owners, or appeared only online.

The Auckland Writers Festival was cancelled, and then resurrected in a series of episodes on Zoom while the lockdown was still in place. Below is a link to Episode One, that I was in with Booker Prize winner Bernadine Evaristo and former governor of the NZ Reserve Bank Alan Bollard.

Auckland Writers Festival Episode 1

 

 

Home

Biography

Novels

One Minute Crying Time

The Petticoat Men

The Circus of Ghosts

The Fraud

The Mesmerist

Rosetta

The Trespass

A Dangerous Vine

The Actresses

Strangers

Being an Actress

Extras

Contact Me

Links

 

 

 

Then the book was finally launched on May 14th, the day the New Zealand government allowed ten people to be – socially distanced – in an indoors public space, and so bookshops were allowed to open again. The launch video below was made live at the Women’s Bookshop in Auckland:

One Minute Crying Time - Virtual Book Launch

 

 

Reaction, discussion, reviews of the book were still online: 

Two reviews of One Minute Crying Time, featured on The Spinoff

 

 

 

Or on the radio: (with Kim Hill): 

Radio New Zealand interview with Kim Hill

 

 

And lastly, one photograph from an independent bookshop the month the book was finally, virtually, launched.

 

This book can be ordered from New Zealand by contacting:

Massey University Press website or Auckland Women’s Bookshop website

It is also available as an ebook or as an audiobook.

 

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