About the book

Tread Softly For You Tread On My Life is that rare book - for the general reader and the writer, the researcher and the academic. What should biographers especially bear in mind? What is compassionate truth? What does one owe to one's subjects - and to one's readers? These collected writings roam far and wide. Be it humour and the commonplace made more memorable, a refreshing look at race relations, portraits of extraordinary New Zealanders, or his own candid and always humane credo, King as historian, biographer and essayist combines firm and fresh judgements with common humanity.

"One of my all time favourite books" - Steve Braunias

About the author

Writer, historian and biographer Michael King (1945-2004) contributed enormously to New Zealanders' understanding of themselves and their history. He won a wider range of awards for his books, journalism and television work than any other New Zealand writer.

Summary

King as historian, biographer and essayist looks at what biographers should bear in mind. What is the compassionate truth? What does one owe to one's subjects - and readers?