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A literary milestone: Patricia Grace's first novel in ten years.

Spanning several decades and several continents and set against the backdrop of a changing New Zealand, Chappy is a compelling story of enduring love.
Uprooted from his privileged European life and sent to New Zealand to sort himself out, twenty-one-year-old Daniel pieces together the history of his Maori family. As his relatives revisit their past, Daniel learns of a remarkable love story between his Maori grandmother Oriwia and his Japanese grandfather Chappy. The more Daniel hears about his deceased grandfather, the more intriguing – and elusive – Chappy becomes.

In this touching portrayal of family life, acclaimed writer Patricia Grace explores racial intolerance, cross-cultural conflicts and the universal desire to belong.

Also available as an eBook.


Patricia Grace's first novel in 10 years deals with big issues - xenophobia, war,women's rights, poverty - but subtly and beautifully, so the overriding impression is of the endearingly flawed glory of lives.' - NZ Listener


Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    May 27, 2015


    256 pages

    RRP $38.00

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  • EBook


    May 27, 2015

    Penguin eBooks

    256 pages

    Online retailers

    • Amazon Kindle NZ
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    • Google Play EBook NZ
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Awards and Recognition

  • Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Awards
    Nga Kupu Ora Award
  • International Dublin Literary Award
    Dublin Literary Award