From the New Zealand Book Council's website: 

"MACKENZIE is an ambitious novel based on the life of a legendary sheep-stealer who discovered a huge rich pasture in central Otago. Its strength lies less in the heroic portrayal of the protagonist, however, than in its study of the tensions and ambitions in small-town and rural settler communities. There is a suggestion of a symbolic or mystical perception, somewhat obscured by an imprecision of style. The novel was followed by a non-fiction book on the same subject, THE MACKENZIE AFFAIR, which retells the novels tale twice more. The first part professes to be a historical account of Mackenzie, but is full of unauthenticated dialogue, so that it reads like fiction. The second part is a commentary on the legend, trying to separate fact from myth." 

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Mackenzie: A Novel

Author(s): James McNeish

Farming General | Don McMillan


From the New Zealand Book Council's website: 

"MACKENZIE is an ambitious novel based on the life of a legendary sheep-stealer who discovered a huge rich pasture in central Otago. Its strength lies less in the heroic portrayal of the protagonist, however, than in its study of the tensions and ambitions in small-town and rural settler communities. There is a suggestion of a symbolic or mystical perception, somewhat obscured by an imprecision of style. The novel was followed by a non-fiction book on the same subject, THE MACKENZIE AFFAIR, which retells the novels tale twice more. The first part professes to be a historical account of Mackenzie, but is full of unauthenticated dialogue, so that it reads like fiction. The second part is a commentary on the legend, trying to separate fact from myth." 

Hardback 1970. (1st edition.) Some minor foxing but otherwise good copy.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 0340128658
  • : Hodder & Stoughton
  • : Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 384
  • : James McNeish
  • : Hardback