Author(s): Douglas Lloyd Jenkins
A fascinating account of how the beach has influenced New Zealand lifestyle, culture and identity.
Experiencing beach life is simply part of being a New Zealander. It has helped shape our annual summer holiday, the games we play, the clothes we wear and the houses we build. It has also played an important role in the development of Kiwi identity. In this compelling and generously illustrated exploration of beach life over the last 90 years, writer, historian and style commentator Douglas Lloyd Jenkins examines how attitudes towards the beach have evolved and how the beach - a hot bed of hedonistic pleasures as well as a magnet for holidaying families - has in turn brought about important social change.
Open to all, yet increasingly fringed with expensive property accessible only to the rich, the New Zealand beach has always been a place of extremes In Beach Life, Lloyd Jenkins provides a colourful account of the pioneering trends and pivotal influences that have shaped Kiwis enduring attraction to the beach and the lasting impact the beach has had on every aspect of New Zealand society.
Douglas Lloyd Jenkins is one of New Zealand's best known commentators and writers on New Zealand's design history and has been described by Wallpaper magazine as 'one of the most influential design writers in the Southern Hemisphere'. He has previously had columns in the New Zealand Herald and New Zealand Listener and still contributes regularly to the New Zealand Listener and HOME magazine. His landmark book At Home: A Century of New Zealand Design was the Montana Book Awards Non-Fiction Winner in 2004 and The Dress Circle: New Zealand Fashion Design since 1940, which he co-authored with Lucy Hammonds and Claire Regnault, was shortlisted for the same prize in 2011. Other books he has written include 40 Legends of New Zealand Design and New Dreamland. In 2008 Douglas was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his contribution to architecture and design, and in 2009 the New Zealand Institute of Architects awarded him the President's Award for his contribution to architecture in this country. Douglas lives in Auckland and is a full-time author, blogger and curator of exhibitions on subjects ranging from architecture to contemporary masculinity.