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James Michael Liston – a life

- by Nicholas Reid

When James Michael Liston died at the age of 95 on 8 July 1976, he had been a Catholic priest for 72 years. Coadjutor-Bishop of Auckland from 1920 to 1970, he was the leader of New Zealand’s most populous Catholic diocese for half a century, and was the recipient of many New Zealand and international honours.

Nicholas Reid’s biography gives a full account of Liston’s work within the New Zealand church, and his huge contribution to it’s development. It also pays frank and fascinating attention to the controversial aspects of his career.

Richly illustrated and accessibly written, it is a splendid account of one of the most important figures in the New Zealand church – and general – history.