Chris Brickell is an associate professor in gender studies at the University of Otago. His first book, Mates & Lovers: A History of Gay New Zealand (2008) won the NZSA E. H. McCormick Best First Book Award for Non-Fiction in the 2009 Montana Book Awards. His other books are Manly Affections: The Photographs of Robert Gant, 1885-1915 (2012), Two-by-Two: Men in Pairs (2013) and Southern Men: Gay Lives in Pictures (2014). He has published on the history and sociology of sexuality, masculinity and adolescence in many international journals, including Journal of the History of Sexuality, The Sociological Review, Rethinking History, Visual Anthropology, Gender, Place & Culture and Journal of Social History.
"With a broad social and cultural sweep, the book brings young people to the centre of the New Zealand story." - Bronwyn Dalley, co-author of Frontier of Dreams: The Story of New Zealand "Panoramic in its scope, with a wonderful teeming sense of past lives and sensibilities." - Melissa Bellanta, author of Larrikins: A History