Held in a Kiwifruit Cool Store, this year the annual Easter Rotary Book Fair (3rd-6th) was as rewarding as ever. I thought I was well acquainted with New Zealand fiction written during WW II, but haven’t come across Ben Akiba’s Who Sow in Tears before.
Wellington, ESHAPE Publishing Co., 1944
Printed by Coulls, Sommerville, Wilkie Ltd
p318 hc (issued w dw)
From New Zealand national bibliography to the year 1960:
Who sow in tears. A novel by Ben Akiba [pseudo]
[Wn, Eshape Publg Co., 1944 i.e. 1945]
3 p.l., 9-318, p. 191/2cm
Story about Jewish refugees. Author later went to Israel and wrote another book: Challenge to biology and genetics.
Another find was The Twilight Hour: a personal account of World War I by William Taylor, self published, edited by J. H. Sutherland and beautifully printed and case-bound by Arrow Press.
Morrinsville, Sutherland 1978
Phototypeset and printed by Arrow Press Limited, Morrinsville, New Zealand
p111, hc, dw, photographs
William Taylor was born in Wellington, 11th February 1984. His father was a marine engineer with the Union Steamship Company. The family later moved to Auckland where William’s story begins and continues through the war years.
“I caught a tram to Herne bay. There were big posters on the advertising hoardings depicting two chaps wounded and walking back from the front. Underneath it read THEY HAVE DONE THEIR BIT – NOW DO YOURS.”
This year was the 23rd annual book fair the Tauranga Rotary have held. With a 9.00 am start my father and I like to be early, we arrived at 8.00 am and took our place in the queue with about 40 people in front of us. In the following hour before the doors opened there were about 400 people behind us!