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All Visitors Ashore

(1984)
A novel by

 
 
Once he watched the white ships sail past Rangitoto Island and dreamed of a future beyond New Zealand. Now he wants only to recapture the past. An Auckland community: two not-so-faithful restaurant-running musicians, a gay artist and his lodger, the recently electrified Cecilia Skyways who is writing her memoirs in his garden hut, Patagonia Aorewa de Thierry Bennett, an enigma otherwise known as plain Pat Bennett, and Curl Skidmore, the narrator's alter ego, his brilliant young head full of novels waiting to be unravelled, his trousers full of something much more irrepressible. It is 1951 and the harbourfront strike is on, yet the passenger ships still sail: the wider world beckons. One by one, or two by two, the characters leave the stage, until only the narrator is left, trying to capture his memories over a gap of thirty years.

Genre: General Fiction

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"A masterpiece." - Janet Frame


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July 1984 : UK Hardback
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Title: All Visitors Ashore
Author(s): C K Stead
ISBN: 0-00-271009-9 / 978-0-00-271009-1 (UK edition)
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January 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: All Visitors Ashore (Panther)
Author(s): C K Stead
ISBN: 1-86046-936-1 / 978-1-86046-936-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 1992 : UK Paperback
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Title: All Visitors Ashore
Author(s): C K Stead
ISBN: 1-86046-080-1 / 978-1-86046-080-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Harvill Press
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January 1994 : New Zealand Paperback
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Title: All Visitors Ashore
Author(s): Stead C K
ISBN: 0-908877-51-X / 978-0-908877-51-5 (New Zealand edition)
Publisher: Godwit Publishing Limited
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October 1986 : UK Paperback
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Title: All Visitors Ashore (Picador Books)
Author(s): C K Stead
ISBN: 0-330-29144-0 / 978-0-330-29144-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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September 2010 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: All Visitors Ashore (Panther)
Author(s): C K Stead
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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