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An evocative memoir about the emergence of a pre-eminent writer in a changing world

An evocative memoir about the emergence of a pre-eminent writer in a changing world

'What I have to tell is largely a personal narrative about how I came to inhabit a fictional world'

This absorbing memoir explores the first half of writer Fiona Kidman's life, notably in Kerikeri amid the 'sharp citric scent of orange groves, bright heat and . . . the shadow of Asia' - at the end of Darwin Road. From the distance of France, where Kidman spent time as the Katherine Mansfield Fellow in Menton, she reconsiders the past, weaving personal reflection and experience with the history of the places where she lived, particularly the fascinating northern settlements of Kerikeri and Waipu, and further south the cities of Rotorua and Wellington.

Her story crosses paths with those of numerous different New Zealanders, from the Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana, to descendants of the migration from Scotland led by a charismatic Presbyterian minister, to other writers and significant friends. We learn of Kidman's struggles to establish herself as a writer and to become part of different communities, and how each worked their way into her fiction.

At the End of Darwin Road is a vivid memoir of place and family, and of becoming a writer: 'I was certain that . . . I would continue to write, if possible, every day of my life.'

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781869419448

    March 7, 2008

    RHNZ Vintage

    272 pages

    RRP $34.99

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  • EBook

    9781869796402

    November 1, 2011

    RHNZ Adult ebooks

    272 pages

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Also by Fiona Kidman

All Day at the Movies
This Change in the Light
The House Within
Songs from the Violet Cafe
The Best of Fiona Kidman's Short Stories
The Infinite Air
Preservation
The Book of Secrets
Paddy's Puzzle
A Needle in the Heart
Ricochet Baby
A Breed of Women
The Trouble With Fire
True Stars
Where Your Left Hand Rests
Beside The Dark Pool
The Captive Wife

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