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Zigzags and Leapfrogs: A Memoir

Zigzags and Leapfrogs: A Memoir
 

Born on a small island in Scotland to a local girl and an Australian serviceman, raised in a working class, dysfunctional, often violent, itinerant household around the UK and Europe, O'Rourke rose to become the Secretary for Education for New Zealand, the Director of Education a... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781927305515
Published 10 May 2019 by David Ling Publishing Limited
Format Paperback
Author(s) By O'Rourke, Maris
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ISBN-13 9781927305515
ISBN-10 1927305519
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 5-12 working days
Publisher David Ling Publishing Limited
Imprint David Ling Publishing Limited
Publication Date 10 May 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By O'Rourke, Maris
Category Biography & Autobiography: General
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 202
Dimensions Width: 165mm
Height: 240mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 978589

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Born on a small island in Scotland to a local girl and an Australian serviceman, raised in a working class, dysfunctional, often violent, itinerant household around the UK and Europe, O'Rourke rose to become the Secretary for Education for New Zealand, the Director of Education at the World Bank, an International Education Consultant and an author of six books. It is a story of constant perseverance, reinvention and transformation as O'Rourke makes difficult choices and juggles her professional and personal responsibilities, especially mothering. The book outlines possibilities and ways of women living outside the conventions of what is usually expected by society, without stepping aside from acceptance, love and success. As a memoir it is composed of vignettes of her life, short stories, photographs, newspaper cuttings, interviews, graphic novel excerpts and poems which, together, create a fascinating interlay. The narrative takes the reader from the birth of her first grandchild, back into the past (beginning with her search for her whakapapa) and delving deeper into her early years through to her formative years. She then traverses the important influences, relationships, hard lessons learned and joyful experiences in her professional, physical, personal and political life - before returning full circle to the present, where the lessons she has learned are laid bare. Zigzags and Leapfrogs is a memoir of an unlikely life that embraces themes of persistence, luck, bravery, ambition, roaming, joy, disappointment and success.

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