In A Strange Garden:The Life and Times of Truby King

Author(s): Lloyd Chapman

NZ Politics, Religion & Social History | Secondhand

Truby King has touched the lives of most New Zealanders. Founder of the Plunket movement that led our mothers and grandmothers into military-style baby management, his influence is enormous. Although his extreme and restrictive views about women would be ridiculed today, he gave them a health regime that dramatically reduced child mortality and was the envy of the world. But who was Truby King? While researching roses grown in France over a hundred years ago, Lloyd Chapman kept stumbling over the name 'Truby King' in nursery records and soon discovered that King was a manic gardener who had imported thousands of plants from Europe. This was the start of a trail that led Chapman all around New Zealand, from abandoned model farms and goldmines to mental institutes and museums, in search of the enigmatic King - scientist, farmer, husband, father, famous baby doctor. The compelling portrait of a truly eccentric but gifted man.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780143018797
  • : pgnnz
  • : pgnnz
  • : October 2004
  • : 230x150mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lloyd Chapman
  • : Paperback
  • : illustrated edition
  • : 610.92
  • : 283
  • : illustrations