I was looking forward to this, written as it is by an established New Zealand writer, and since it won the Ernest Scott History Prize in 2003, the Ian Wards Prize for Historical Writing in 2003, and the Biography category of the 2003 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.
I was not disappointed in any way by the quality of the writing, perhaps it was too good in describing this family, in that I found I could stand no more of this tale of venal social climbing in a toxic social atmosphere of class distinction and snobbery.
I suppose it is the very upbringing I had as a New Zealander which generated my abhorrence of the English class system. Nevertheless I was not prepared to be further irritated by the behaviour of these founding characters.
Partially read as an e-book borrowed from Auckland Libraries via Borrowbox, on my Kobo Touch e-reader.