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Kaye Kelly
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Kaye Kelly was born on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, where she sets her historical novels. She currently lives in the much drier climate of Blenheim. She’s had short stories published in the New ZealandWoman’s Weekly and the Australian New Idea, and also articles published locally. Cross the River to Home was praised by the Otago Daily Times for her skill in bringing ‘not only the time and the place but the social setting of the story to life’. She has published two other novels, Mecca’s Gold and A Secret Mind. Both Cross the River to Home and A Secret Mind have also been published in Germany. See more at www.kayekelly.co.nz.

Books by Kaye Kelly

A Secret Mind

A lively, moving novel that vividly recreates the 1880s: the harsh lives; the attitudes to madness and to drunkenness; and the strength of friendship and love.

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Cross the River to Home

An absorbing novel set in 1870s New Zealand about an impossible love between a half-Chinese woman a young immigrant.

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