A Family Plot

  • Martin Edmond


This essay begins with an account of the circumstances which led to my parents owning a Colin and Anne McCahon children’s painting. Then it expands upon certain biographical questions raised (or not raised) in my 2011 book Dark Night: Walking with McCahon. I describe the work I did in 2018 with Finn McCahon-Jones, Colin’s grandson, on the Visitor Narrative for the McCahon House Trust; and conclude with some thoughts upon the limitations of biography as a genre. Implicit in the discussion is a comparison, hopefully unforced, between my own family and that of the McCahons.


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EDMOND, Martin. A Family Plot. The Journal of New Zealand Studies, [S.l.], n. NS31, dec. 2020. ISSN 2324-3740. Available at: <https://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/jnzs/article/view/6683>. Date accessed: 24 jan. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.26686/jnzs.v0iNS31.6683.