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Black November - Geoffrey W Rice

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How would you feel if you woke one morning to find your partner lying dead beside you, not just still and cold, but their skin turned purple-black? Or if your neighbours children came to ask for food because their parents had been 'asleep' for two days? Too horrible to think about? Yet such things happened all across New Zealand in November 1918 when the country was swept by the so-called 'Spanish' influenza pandemic.

This book details New Zealand's worst public health crisis, and its worst natural disaster: over 8,500 New Zealanders died from influenza and pneumonia in just six weeks. Nearly a quarter of the victims were Maori, who died at seven times the death rate of European New Zealanders.

- Why did the bodies turn black?
- Why were Maori more at risk than the rest of the population?
- Why did the 1918 flu kill mostly young adults in the prime of life?
- Why did more men die than women?
- How did towns, neighbourhoods and households cope with the flu?
- What lessons can we learn from 1918 for any future flu pandemic?

These are just a few of the many questions asked in this fascinating book. First published in 1988, Black November has three new chapters to bring it up to date, over fifty first-hand eyewitness accounts, and over 200 photographs and cartoons, many here published for the first time.

The new, revised edition of Black November was a Finalist in the 2006 Montana book awards.

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