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The Parrot Family




First time in print: Previously unpublished story by New Zealand writer Frank Sheldon Anthony.

The Parrot Family is an early and previously unpublished story by F. S. Anthony, best know for his ‘Gus and Me’ stories. Written around 1900, it shows the same dry humour and attention to local details that made the ‘Gus and Me’ stories so popular.

 The story follows the adventures, or misadventures, of the Parrot family, particularly the two children James and William, in the Taranaki around the turn of the century as they find their own amusement in rural Taranaki.

As well as being an entertaining story of childhood country life, The Parrot Family offers a unique look at life in rural New Zealand around 1900, written by someone who lived it.

The book also contains a forward describing the author’s life and writing.


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