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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.


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

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

The Spinoff Review of Books

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

An immensely enjoyable read for all ages.

Storylines Christmas List 2018

As a potted history of New Zealand through the eyes of successive generations, an exploration of important themes that underlie community, and as a jolly good read, there is no doubt that Finding will prove a popular book amongst primary and intermediate readers.

Anna Mackenzie, NZ Books

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    April 30, 2018


    272 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    April 30, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

    272 pages

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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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Book Clubs
Short Story Club – 17 May 2018

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

Awards and Recognition

  • NZ Heritage Book Awards
    Highly commended
    Fiction Prize, Heritage Book Awards and Writing Competition