Susan in Springtime is unlike its two predecessors in that it does not include reprinted material from the author’s weekly column in four of New Zealand’s leading newspapers. These “First Chapters in Autobiography” have never before been published and they stem from the author’s awareness that, while her life has been unusual in some of its aspects, in others it has been typical of many of her generation.
The unusual episodes were those of her childhood when her father’s work as Pacific Islands’ administrator first took Susan to Niue and Rarotonga, and then brought about the loneliness os separation from her family when she went to school in Australia and New Zealand.
Also unusual, and the word is patently inadequate, is the first full account she gives of disaster and rescue on Mt Ruapehu, a tragic adventure in which the author and her future husband were almost to lose their lives.
When she tells of her days at Auckland University and of the Depression, Susan Graham writes for many of her contemporaries; the struggle of youth during those difficult days is faithfully told and tribute is paid to the beloved professors and teachers.
Equipped with a degree and a diploma, Susan went out to face the world and to earn a living, choosing journalism, a following still restricted at that time in its openings and opportunities for women. The book’s concluding chapters deal with her work, her romance and her marriage.
As with Susan on Saturday, the present book is illustrated with grace and perception by Ron Stenberg, lately of Auckland and now of Dundee.
Hardcover, 192 pages. First edition. In excellent condition with the exception of a 30mm vertical tear to the front dust jacket along the edge of the spine.
First Edition. Susan’s Brook and Susan on Saturday, clean crisp interior generally nicely-illustrated throughout, no markings or inscriptions and pages only very faintly-toned, dust wrapper has a 30mm vertical tear along the edge of the spine. This book is not price-clipped.