Story: Fiction

Frank Sargeson

Frank Sargeson was the leading light of New Zealand fiction in the 1930s and 1940s. His work is filled with cobbers, blokes, sheilas and 'the missus', and marked a new confidence in a distinctively New Zealand voice. His early writing in particular charts working-class lives in which actions, more than words, convey emotion. Listen to Sargeson talk about his realisation that he needed to write with a New Zealand voice. 

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Lydia Wevers, 'Fiction - The New Zealand voice, 1930s and 1940s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Lydia Wevers, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 1 Aug 2015