Denis Glover. Hot Water Sailor. Wellington: A. H. & A. W. Reed, 1962.
Glover’s lively autobiography was first published as a serial in the Listener in 1959. The book is described by Gordon Ogilvie as ‘an entertainment. Most emphasis was given to his childhood, student days, sporting enthusiasms, the war, and early printing/publishing experiences. All of these are described with great wit and gusto’ (325). Though Glover avoids mention of his troubled family and private life, as well as his writing, Hot Water Sailor is ‘for the general reader excellent reading — witty, pungent, whimsical and chatty — and that is what the Listener had been hoping for’ (326).
Hot Water Sailor is peppered throughout with delightful illustrations by the Listener’s Russell Clark, such as this depiction of an ink-stained Glover at the Caxton Club Press.
Gordon Ogilvie. Denis Glover: His Life (Auckland: Random House New Zealand, 1999)