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MARTIN EDMOND and MAGGIE HALL: 'Histories of the Future'

MARTIN EDMOND and MAGGIE HALL: 'Histories of the Future'

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Martin Edmond is a writer of non-fiction, biography, poetry and screenplays. He has published book-length collections of poetry, and several non-fiction titles with a recent historical or biographical focus. He has been involved in theatre, and his career as a scriptwriter includes the screenplays for several award-winning feature films. Since the publication of Autobiography of My Father (1992), Martin Edmond's many publications have included The Resurrection of Philip Clairmont (1999), Chronicle of the Unsung (2004), Waimarino County & other excursions (2007), Luca Antara: Passages in Search of Australia (2008), Zone of the Marvellous: In Search of the Antipodes (2009), The Supply Party: Ludwig Becker on the Burke and Wills Expedition (2009), and Dark Night: Walking with McCahon (2011), most published by Auckland University Press. Edmond has also generously supported smaller publishers, bringing out books with Bumper Books, Soap Box Press, Four Winds Press, Kilmog Press, Otoliths, The Holloway Press, and his current collection of essays Histories of the Future with Walleah Press.

A self-described flâneur, Martin Edmond wanders through the world fashioning bellelettrist prose from found objects, eccentric situations, dreams, music, art and memory. His references are modern and classical . . . this book is a panoply of fact, feeling and fantasy offering, from a rich variousness, an expansive range. As he says ‘There should be a tense called the present in the past’ - a desire that echoes the contrariety of the title Histories of the Future.

Pam Brown

Martin Edmond is the closest thing we have to an Australasian Jorge Luis Borges and this book is a kind of Aleph: a point from which everything in the universe can be seen simultaneously— books, dreams, pictures, memories, bric-abrac. Every reader will confront here their own frissons of recognition. The photographs, by Maggie Hall, are perfect: sufficiently off on their own tangent to set up a counter-narrative to the prose, but tending round to the same set of atmospheres and obsessions.

Jack Ross

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