Strangerland: A Family at War

Author(s): Helena Drysdale

NZ Genealogy and Immigration | SECONDHAND

In 1834, when Isabella Campbell was twenty-four, she left England for India, where she met the man that would become her husband: Charles Gascoyne. Life settled into a routine, but there was upheaval ahead, on a scale no-one could have expected: after twenty-six years in India, Charles decided the family would leave for New Zealand; Isabella, who was unwell, would return to England, and rejoin her husband and children later.

In fact, it would be over a year before Isabella was reunited with her family � or not, as it turned out. Arriving in New Zealand, Isabella discovered the children's governess had become her husband's lover; Charles blamed Isabella for the failure of their marriage � a marriage she had not even realised was under threat. It was not just Isabella who found herself in crisis, however: the country itself was in turmoil, as British settlers warred with native Maoris. For Isabella, events came to a head � and the public became personal � when some of her own relatives were slaughtered. First published April 2006.


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Helena Drysdale is the author of four highly acclaimed travel books: Alone Through China and Tibet, Dancing with the Dead, Looking for George: Love and Death in Romania (which was shortlisted for the Esquire/Apple/Waterstone's Non-Fiction Award and the J.R. Ackerley Award for Autobiography) and Mother Tongues: Travels in Tribal Europe. She lives in Somerset.

General Fields

  • : 9780330411691
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Picador
  • : April 2006
  • : 216mm X 135mm X 35mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 416
  • : Illustrations (some col.), maps
  • : Helena Drysdale
  • : Hardback
  • : 919.304