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The Audrey Story

Author: John Ewan

Audrey Carson grew up in the Nelson area – Maruia and Korere -- and went to school at Tapawera. She became a teacher for a while and then her life took a dramatic change. She became a journalist, and married and became Audrey Ewan. She also spent a time as one of New Zealand’s first female Parliamentary Press Officers before becoming a journalist with the Evening Post newspaper. Her fascinating story is told in The Audrey Story.

ISBN: 9780473449926

Format: Paperback
Specs: 235 x 160 x 10mm, 152 pages
Publisher: Chateau Publishing



Audrey Ewan’s approach to life was uncomplicated. The aim was simply to “have a go and just keep trying”.
This attitude took her from her home on a farm in outback Nelson, through teaching jobs in Tapawara (Nelson), Hunterville, Taihape and Palmerston North. She then became a journalist for the Manawatu Standard and, following an overseas experience and positions as a secretary, she became one of New Zealand’s first woman Parliamentary Press Officers.
After successive terms as press officer for several Cabinet Ministers, she left the Beehive to become a reporter with the Evening Post (now the Dompost). She was appointed the bureau chief for the Hutt office and then became the paper’s resident correspondent for the Kapiti and Horowhenua areas.
Ill health led to an early retirement and a subsequent shift back to Nelson where she continued to write – human interest articles for a local farming newspaper and book reviews and travel features for the Nelson Mail.
The Audrey Story written by husband John Ewan traces her life from growing up on a farm through to her working life and overseas trips to her two battles with cancer.
“She left a lot of stories unpublished and many of them have been incorporated into the book,” John Ewan says. These include childhood memories, life in the Beehive and an overseas trip where she was wrongly accused of harbouring a stowaway aboard ship.
The Audrey Story by John Ewan is to be published early in 2019. It is published by Chateau Publishing Ltd and distributed by Bookreps NZ.
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