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Joyce West

Author, Illustrator

(1908 - 1985)

Joyce West

Joyce Tarlton West (1908–1985) was a New Zealand novelist and children’s writer. She spent her childhood in remote country districts where her parents taught in Māori schools. Of herself she wrote: “We lived far from towns, in a world of bush roads and river crossings; we rode horseback everywhere, and kept a large menagerie of dogs, cats, kittens, ducks, turkeys, pet lambs, and goats ... When I began to write, it was with the wish that I might save a little of the charm and flavour of those times and places for the children of today.”

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Bibliography

Cape Lost (1963)

Gabrielle wants to go into the family business of sheep ranching in New Zealand.

Author(s): Joyce West
Illustrator(s): Joyce West

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Drovers Road (1953)

Gay Allan writes about her family and their life on Drovers Road, their sheep station in New Zealand, so they will remember how happy they were when they are grown up.

Author(s): Joyce West
Illustrator(s): Joyce West

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The Drovers Road Collection (2003)

A collection including Drovers Road, Cape Lost and The Golden Country.

Author(s): Joyce West
Illustrator(s): Joyce West

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The Golden Country (1965)

Gay Allan inherits the sheep station at Cape Lost and must learn to manage it.

Author(s): Joyce West
Illustrator(s): Joyce West

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The River Road (1980)

Orphaned Sarah comes to Te Waitere, an isolated New Zealand sheep station, and finds a home.

Author(s): Joyce West
Illustrator(s): Doreen Caldwell

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The Sea Islanders (1970)

Mother is dead, father is off to Antarctica on a scientific expedition, the aunt who was going to look after them during the long vacation has just telegraphed she is laid up in hospital. The children decide to go stay at their old sea island cottage which they have not visited since their mother died.

Author(s): Joyce West
Illustrator(s): Joyce West

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Sheep Kings (1936)

As the bottom drops out of the market for wool, Valentine and her father struggle to keep their ranch going.

Author(s): Joyce West
Illustrator(s): None

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The Year of the Shining Cuckoo (1961)

Johnny sets out to earn enough money to buy a horse. The story is set in a remote seaside town in New Zealand.

Author(s): Joyce West
Illustrator(s): Joyce West

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