Philip Temple


To Each His Own

To Each His Own

In the icy winter before the Wall comes down, historian Martin Stephenson goes to Berlin. He tells his wife and son that he is undertaking research for a book about German explorers. His real purpose is much deeper: an exploration of himself. Through a tumultuous love affair, he and his lover are forced to confront the guilt that continues to afflict two nations and to come to terms with their own.

To Each His Own is a powerful and truly international novel that marked a departure from the traditional concerns of New Zealand literature. It speaks movingly of family, of history, of culture - the things that make us who we are.

To Each His Own is a refreshing addition to our recent fiction ... uppermost in the narrative is Martin Stephenson’s inner journey of self-discovery, one which contains surprising turns. An intelligent and passionate novel. North and South.

The great strength of his characters is their gritty reality and their believable fallibility as they fumble towards an understanding of Liebe, Leben, Licht - love, life, light. And reconciliation. Otago Daily Times.

A compact, raunchy, convincingly detailed and powerful work that enlarges the whole scope of our contemporary writing. NZ Herald.

Paperback: 208 pages. Publisher: Hazard 1999.

Rights Availability: World Rights except German. For rights enquiries contact

Purchase: The German edition of To Each His Own - Jedem das Seine - is available from good German bookshops or from the publisher at