Enough Horizon

Carol Markwell


“In Carol Markwell’s absorbing biography comes the much-needed recognition of an inspirational woman who contributed to New Zealand in so many ways, all stemming from her talent with a pen – from groundbreaking poetry to writing on the country’s wilderness areas to prison reform.” — Jessie Munro

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About the book

Blanche Edith Baughan (1870–1958) was one of New Zealand’s first poets and travel writers – her poems were praised for their New Zealand vernacular and her travel writing introduced people here and overseas to our walks and wilderness areas. Born in England, Blanche emigrated to New Zealand in 1900, settling in Sumner and Banks Peninsula, where she embraced the freedom to write and think, and formed friendships with poets Jessie Mackay and Ursula Bethell.

It was here that Blanche’s interest in the environment and her advocacy for the vulnerable in society flourished. She became a botanist, conservationist and prison reformer, known for her fierce correspondence in defence of her causes.

Carol Markwell’s meticulous and thoughtful biography is a tour de force.

“Enough Horizon will be welcomed by literary readers, by feminists, by admirers of the Victorian and Edwardian ‘lady travellers’, and by anyone interested in our early twentieth-century cultural history.” — John Newton

About the author

Carol Markwell writes poetry, fiction and biography. Her research for the book Alice, what have you done! about waitress Alice May Parkinson, who shot her lover in 1915, introduced Carol to Blanche Baughan. The poet and prison reformer had visited Parkinson in prison.

Carol was born in Wellington but grew up in the Manawatū. She now lives beside the estuary of the Manawatū River at Foxton Beach and spends a lot of time reading, writing, walking on the beach and watching the sea birds, especially the godwits as they come and go on their long trips to Alaska.


Dimensions: 128 x 198 mm
Number of pages: 324
Binding: softcover

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