No Country for Old Maids?

No Country for Old Maids?

Talking About the ‘Man Drought’

'Hannah August's intelligent and humane study illuminates, sometimes uncomfortably, the ways in which& our demographics are changing and our attitudes are not. This is public intellection that is curious, rigorous, and highly relevant to our time.' Eleanor Catton

In 2013, there were over 66,000 more women between the ages of 25-49 living in New Zealand than there were men. This so-called ‘man drought’ is a hot topic for journalists and academics alike, who comment on how the situation might affect New Zealand women’s chances of finding love. Yet they rarely stop to ask women their own opinions on the matter.

In this BWB Text, Hannah August does just that, integrating interview material, statistics and cultural commentary in order to demonstrate why we need to talk differently about the ‘man drought’.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Aug 2015
Pages: 112
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780908321377
ISTC: A02201500000011A
DOI: 10.7810/9780908321377

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'BOOK EXTRACT: No Country for Old Maids – "Partnering down"', NBR, December 2015

'Less "Man Drought", More "Woman Flood" - A Conversation on No Country For Old Maids', Joan Fleming interviews Hannah August for The Pantograph Punch, 22 October 2015

Hannah August on TV3's Re-Think, 20 September 2015

'Dating apps aren't helping with "man drought" in New Zealand', Hannah August on Breakfast, 10 August 2015

'Talking about the "man drought", Hannah August on ONENews Q&A, 9 August 2015

'Kiwi women ignore the feminine standard', Siena Yates, Your Weekend, 8 August 2015

Hannah August speaks to Kathryn Ryan, Nine to Noon, Radio New Zealand, 7 August 2015

'All the single ladies', Megan Whelan, The Wireless, 7 August 2015

'"Old maids" take creative measures', Lincoln Tan, NZ Herald, 6 August 2015


'August’s book is an even-handed rejoinder to … the general “wisdom” that those women affected by the man drought are thirsting for relationships rather than reconciled, even happily, to singledom.' Elle Hunt, New Zealand Listener, September 2015