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An evocative and moving mix of memoir and fiction from an award-winning novelist.

As war is waged in the Middle East, a woman in New Zealand has her nose in a book. Kate is immersed in other battles, engrossed in eyewitness accounts of an earlier war in ancient Persia. She has grown up, left her Otago home and returned, and in all these years books have shaped her life and made sense of the world - offering mystery and solace, entertainment and enlightenment.

In an evocative and moving mix of memoir and fiction, award-winning novelist Fiona Farrell writes of life from The Little Red Hen to Owls Do Cry, from T.S. Eliot to Aphra Behn. Frequently funny, always original, Book Book is another extraordinary offering from the author of The Hopeful Traveller.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    September 3, 2004

    RHNZ Vintage

    368 pages

    RRP $27.99

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile

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  • EBook


    November 1, 2011

    RHNZ Adult ebooks

    368 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

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Also by Fiona Farrell

Decline and Fall on Savage Street
Light Readings
The Villa At the Edge of the Empire
The Strange Case of the Disappearing Body
The Hopeful Traveller
Mr Allbones' Ferrets
Six Clever Girls Who Became Famous Women
The Skinny Louie Book (Penguin Award Winning Classics)


The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Best Laid Plans
Fool Me Once
The Golden House
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Swing Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography
The Princess Diarist
The Girls
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker
The Trip of a Lifetime