A Wife On Gorge River

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A follow-on from the bestselller A Life on Gorge River by Robert Long, by his wife Catherine.

A Wife On Gorge River, Catherine Stewart

Life with New Zealand's remotest family in a follow-on from the bestselling A Life on Gorge River by Robert Long.

In 2010, New Zealand met its remotest family, through the writing of Robert Long — aka Beansprout — and we were intrigued. Now Beansprout's wife, Catherine Stewart, tells her story, and answers many of our questions. Why did she decide to join him on the wild West Coast, two days' walk from the nearest road? Why and how did they raise their family there? Was it terrifying to be so far from medical help?

How did she home-school the children? How have they all fared now the kids are young adults, forging their own way in the world? And what lessons are there for the rest of us from her experiences raising her family in such splendid isolation? In this entertaining bestseller, and with dry humour and fascinating insights, Catherine paints a vivid picture of her life at Gorge River and beyond.

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    $39.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781869799236
    Published: 07/09/2012
    Imprint: Random House NZ
    Extent: 328 pages
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    ISBN: 9781869799243
    Published: 07/09/2012
    Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
    Extent: 328 pages
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Catherine Stewart

Catherine Stewart

Catherine Stewart was a sailor and adventurer with a Master's degree before joining Robert ‘Beansprout' Long at Gorge River in 1990. Together they brought up their two children, Christan and Robin, in this beautiful but isolated spot on the wild West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Her long-anticipated biography, A Wife On Gorge River, is her warm and witty account of raising New Zealand's remotest family, and is a rich complement to Long's bestselling biography, A Life on Gorge River, offering the perspective of a mother and homemaker in this pioneering, back-to-Nature lifestyle. With no running water, sewerage, telephone or electricity, and a three-day tramp away from civilisation, even the most mundane tasks which most people take for granted — like doing the laundry — take on Herculean dimensions. Then there is home-schooling, battling famine, and coping with medical emergencies . . . even make-do recipes with the barest of ingredients! Stewart proves herself one-in-a-million, and her biography hit the bestseller's list on publication. The Gisborne Herald has praised it as a ‘complement' to Long's account of his Utopia, noting that it provides insight into the practical domestic details of family in such a remote location.
Willie Campbell, in the Otago Daily Times, called it an ‘extraordinary account' which is marked by its ‘gentle, humorous, self-effacing reflection', concluding that Catherine is a ‘legend' just as much as her husband, that West Coast icon ‘Beansprout'.