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  • Published: 1 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869798741
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 295

A Breed of Women


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'Tautly written, often poetic, and dramatic . . . a first-class novel.' - Sydney Morning Herald

A bestselling and influential novel, this compulsive story examines women's changing lives.

'One thing she had learnt was that she and Leonie belonged to a breed of women who were indestructible. They were survivors.'

Taking risks is something Harriet seems driven to do as she struggles to retain her identity as a woman in the face of opposing demands from society. Through her adolescence in rural New Zealand, two marriages and a television career, she steadfastly maintains her quest. But, in the end: What has she won? What had she lost?

'Tautly written, often poetic, and dramatic . . . a first-class novel.' - Sydney Morning Herald

  • Pub date: 1 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869798741
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 295

About the Author

Fiona Kidman



Dame Fiona Kidman is one of New Zealand's most celebrated writers. Winner of numerous awards and fellowships for literature including a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour, Dame Fiona is renowned as one of New Zealand's foremost storytellers, having written over 30 books, including novels, short stories and poetry, and more than 60 television, film and radio scripts. She was created a Dame (DNZM) in 1998 in recognition of her contribution to literature.

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Praise for A Breed of Women

“I found this novel compulsive reading.”

Sue McCauley, NZ Listener

“Tautly written, often poetic, and dramatic . . . a first-class novel.”

Sydney Morning Herald

“A brave and personal book.”

NZ Herald


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