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Broadcaster and documentary maker Justin Gregory reflects on James McNeish’s “portrait” of John Mulgan.

In 1994, James McNeish wrote, narrated and produced a feature-length radio programme on a man he described as perhaps the “darkest” of New Zealand’s “dark horses”: writer, publisher and soldier John Mulgan. McNeish called the programme A Man with Two Countries, adding the subtitle A Portrait of John Mulgan (1911-1945). The programme was broadcast on Radio New Zealand’s National Radio in April that year.

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Torn up and homesick, Joanne Drayton

A Good Mail: Letters of John Mulgan Peter Whiteford (ed) Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864736932   Journey to Oxford  John Mulgan (Peter Whiteford ed) Victoria University Press, $30.00, ISBN 9780864738196   The end of John Mulgan’s life in Cairo,

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In plain sight, Martin Edmond

Report on Experience: John Mulgan Peter Whiteford (ed) Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780864736192   In Keats’s last letter, sent from Rome to his friend Charles Brown in England three months before he died, he writes of his “habitual feeling of

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Behind the grin, Harry Ricketts

Long Journey to the Border: A Life of John Mulgan Vincent O’Sullivan Penguin, $49.95, 014301871X He grins out from the front cover of Vincent O’Sullivan’s engrossing biography Long Journey to the Border: A Life of John Mulgan. It’s that famous

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