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The Exiles of Asbestos Cottage
Auckland, Hodder & Stoughton, (1981). Nonfiction, by a New Zealand author, broadcaster and historian, about a reclusive couple who lived alone in the remote and rugged mountains of that country for 40 years, hiding out. Inscribed by the author to Pauline Kael with what amounts to a full-page letter on the half-title, asking if Pauline could "consider interesting some film person or Agency in this" and pitching the idea to her. Doubtless Kael received many such petitions; this one, coming from an accomplished writer and historian -- whose long-lived radio show, Open Country, gave rural New Zealanders a chance to recount their stories and folk tales, and connect with the urban population -- is especially passionate and even eloquent. Illustrated with photographs. Lower spine bumped; near fine in a near fine dust jacket. [#034552] $100

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