Ruth, Roger and Me: Debts and Legacies (BWB Texts)

Author(s): Andrew Dean

NZ Non- fiction

'Your words of "discomfort, loss, and disconnection" don't resonate with me at all.' Ruth Richardson to Andrew Dean, 16 December 2014. A time of major upheaval now stands between young and old in New Zealand. In Ruth, Roger and Me, Andrew Dean explores the lives of the generation of young people brought up in the shadow of the economic reforms of the 1980s and 1990s, those whom he calls 'the children of the Mother of All Budgets'. Drawing together memoir, history and interviews, he explores the experiences of 'discomfort' and 'disconnection' in modern Aotearoa New Zealand.


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'Andrew Dean is a man with the voice of a generation', --Rob Stock, Sunday Star Times.

'Andrew Dean speaks for a generation born after Rogernomics', --Philip Matthews, The Press

'Andrew Dean reveals what life is like for many New Zealanders who grew up in the shadow of Douglas and Richardson's reforms. This is a refreshing and important contribution to the national conversation.’ --Morgan Godfery

Andrew Dean grew up in Ashburton, attended Christchurch Boys’ High, and went on to study Chinese and English Literature at the University of Canterbury. He graduated with First Class Honours in 2010, and in 2011 won the Journal of New Zealand Literature essay prize for a piece on Janet Frame.

Following the Christchurch earthquake, Dean spent several months in China, where he had earlier been a delegate for the Christchurch City Council in its sister cities programme. He then returned to Christchurch to work for UC Ceismic, the University of Canterbury’s earthquake archive.

Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, Dean travelled to the UK in September 2012 to undertake postgraduate study in English Literature at the University of Oxford. His doctoral research focuses on works by Janet Frame, J. M. Coetzee and Philip Roth. When not scouring literary archives, Dean opens the batting for his college cricket team.

General Fields

  • : 9780908321216
  • : Bridget Williams Books
  • : Bridget Williams Books
  • : April 2015
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Andrew Dean
  • : Paperback
  • : 330.993
  • : 124