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Master storyteller David Hill traces the fortunes of two New Zealand families over seven generations, through wars, depressions, disasters, protest and social change in this exciting novel for intermediate readers.

Follow the fortunes of two families – their triumphs and disasters, losses and discoveries – in this enthralling novel by a bestselling author.

A family boards a ship bound for New Zealand. What will they find there?

Tests lie ahead – war, earthquakes, protest marches, brushes with death.

And so do some thrilling discoveries . . .

Master storyteller David Hill traces the fortunes of two New Zealand families, through seven generations and over 130 years of fast-flowing change, in this exciting and richly rewarding novel for intermediate readers.


A family saga set in a quiet river valley. Everything this guy writes is class; recommended.

The Spinoff Review of Books

I was astonished to find that I have read 46 of David Hill’s books (plus 14 short stories and four poems). I have even heard his words read at a funeral. Yet none of these brought me more pleasure than his latest novel. Finding is the story of one unnamed family and its ties to the land, from Victorian times to the present day. Yet it is not a sprawling family saga; rather it is a connected chain of eight cameos. Eight individuals from seven generations reflect on their experiences and reveal their hopes and dreams...Hill’s narrative technique is ingenious because it means that his readers are also creating and telling the story. We soon know more than any given character, so we are constantly spotting hints and making connections. The past becomes an interwoven tapestry where unexpected objects – magpies, fruit trees, bagpipes, a bridge, a bracelet, an axe handle, a hovering hawk – carry powerful emotional impact...It is entirely appropriate that Finding is dedicated ‘‘to Puketapu and all my people there’’. For them and for all of us this story is a taonga.

Trevor Agnew, Sunday Star-Times

This is the New Zealand story...it brought joy to my soul.

Bob Docherty, Bob's Book Blog

a lovely generational story

Sue Esterman, The Reader

I read this little gem in almost one sitting... [It] stays with you long after it is finished.

Margaret Reilly, Horowhenua Chronicle

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  • Paperback


    April 30, 2018


    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    April 30, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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AGGIE 1886

The September days are shorter and cooler now. Autumn is here, and the purple heather flowers have nearly finished blooming.

My little brother Niall and his friends are playing Soldiers while we wait on the wharf. They march up and down and pretend to fire rifles. Niall wears the red woollen vest our Grandma Coira knitted. He says it makes him look like a real army man.

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Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 17 May 2018

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First to the Top
Sky High
Speed King
Enemy Camp
Flight Path
No Safe Harbour
See Ya, Simon
Coming Back
The Deadly Sky
Brave Company
My Brother's War
Hero of the Sea
The Fair and the Foul
Australia and the Monarchy
The Special Relationship
The Making of Australia
The Great Race
The Gold Rush
The River Runs
The Forgotten Children


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Our Australian Girl: The Rose Stories
Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief (Book 1)
Captain Cook's Apprentice
The Diary Of A Young Girl
Our Australian Girl: The Pearlie Stories
Playing Beatie Bow
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Little Women
Our Australian Girl: The Grace Stories
I Am Sasha
The Alice Stories: Our Australian Girl
Chinese Cinderella
Our Australian Girl: The Nellie Stories
The Boy and the Spy
Anna and the Swallow Man
The Locket of Dreams