Man Alone

Man Alone

Photo of Vincent by Grant Maiden Photography.




SUNDAY 9 MAY 2021, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM



Who is John Mulgan and why is his book Man Alone so important in the New Zealand literary cannon? Join moderator, Peter Biggs, in a discussion with biographers Vincent O’Sullivan, Long Journey to the Border. A Life of John Mulgan, Noel Shepherd (Mulgan) and Peter Whiteford, whose new edition of the book has just been published.

Almost all copies of the first edition of Man Alone, published in England in 1939, were destroyed in the Blitz. When it was republished in New Zealand in 1949, after the author’s suicide in Cairo in 1945, the publisher Paul’s Book Arcade made a number of changes for unknown reasons. Peter Whiteford’s edition restores John Mulgan’s original text for the first time.