Story: Non-fiction

Passport to hell

The wounded soldier portrayed in the Kaiapoi First World War memorial by sculptor William Trethewey is modelled on James Douglas Stark, the 'Starkie' of Robin Hyde's Passport to hell. This novel gives a sympathetic fictionalised account of Starkie's life, which was characterised by both rebelliousness and great bravery. Politician and writer John A. Lee regarded it as a triumph, as he explains in this radio talk of around 1939. In it he refers to Hyde by her birth name, Iris Wilkinson.

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Photograph by Jock Phillips and Chris Maclean

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Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero (Tribute to Robin Hyde by J. A. Lee/ Reference number ID 33112)

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Alex Calder, 'Non-fiction - Men in non-fiction', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/43308/passport-to-hell (accessed 24 June 2017)

Story by Alex Calder, published 22 Oct 2014