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March 22, 2018 posted by Unity Wellington

AFTERGLOW: Pursuing Peace in Godzone edited by Geoffrey Troughton & Philip Fountain

AFTERGLOW: Pursuing Peace in Godzone edited by Geoffrey Troughton & Philip Fountain

Pursuing Peace in Godzone, edited by Geoffrey Troughton & Philip Fountain, is a follow-up to Troughton’s earlier book Saints and Stirrers, and brings the history of the Christian-inspired peace movement in New Zealand up to the present day. Quaker pacifism, nuclear testing in the Pacific, Maori land alienation and cultural dispossession, apartheid in South Africa, protests at Waihopai and changing attitudes to Anzac Day are some of the topics of intense contemporary interest addressed in the book.

Wednesday 21st March saw the launch of the new title at Unity Books, where Geoffrey and Phillip were joined by Wellington College Principal Gregor Fountain, who officially launched the book. Fergus Barrowman of Victoria University Press was on hand to commence proceedings before Gregor gave a ringing endorsement to Pursuing Peace in Godzone, which he cited as an example of how we might adopt a less conflict-centric approach to teaching New Zealand history in schools.

Geoffrey and Philip took turns at the mic to thank the assembled friends, family members, editors, publishers and contributors who made it another full house book launch at Unity.


Fergus Barrowman of VUP.

Gregor Fountain, molder of minds.

Gregor addresses assembled publishers, authors, readers.

Geoffrey Troughton.

Philip Fountain.


There was a lively greeting awaiting readers at the signing counter…

…and thoughtful answers to questions raised.


Pursuing Peace in Godzone, published by Victoria University Press, is available in store and at Unity Books Online now.

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