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A communist in the Family, searching for Rewi Alley


Author Elspeth Sandys has now been to four launches for her just published book, “A communist in the family, searching for Rewi Alley” which interweaves the story of the Alley Whanau and friends two weeks of travel in the footsteps of Rewi Alley to commemorate his 120th birthday. We can do no better than to quote the introductory notes: “a beautifully written multi-layered narrative centred on New Zealander Rewi Alley and his part in the momentous political events of mid-twentieth-century China. Part-biography, part-travel journal, part-literary commentary…”

Officially launched at Unity Books, Wellington, NZCFS has played a role to present Elspeth together with her book in Christchurch, Nelson and Auckland. Highly recommended for all with an interest in Rewi Alley and China, but also for the warmth of the story.

It is available in major book sellers nationwide, or online at Nationwide Books:


For more reviews of the book, and interviews with Elspeth, go to the following links