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  • Published: 3 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9780143566762
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $30.00
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Hand Me Down World




Hand Me Down World is a brilliant, haunting novel from the author of the award-winning Mister Pip.

This is a story about a woman.
And the truck driver who mistook her for a prostitute. The old man she robbed and the hunters who smuggled her across the border. The woman whose name she stole, the wife who turned a blind eye. This is the story of a mother searching for her child.
This is the novel you cannot stop thinking about.

A quiet, mysterious, unnamed woman has come from Africa on an impassioned quest. From the shoreline of Tunisia to the confusion of Berlin, she relies on strangers – some generous, some exploitive – to guide her passage, encountering love and betrayal in its many guises along the way. When the truth behind this spellbinding story is finally revealed, we are forced to revisit everything that has gone before.
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  • Pub date: 3 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9780143566762
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $30.00

About the Author

Lloyd Jones

Lloyd Jones is one of New Zealand’s most internationally successful contemporary writers. He has published essays and children’s books but his best known work is the phenomenally successful novel Mister Pip, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and Montana Medal for Fiction in 2007 and the Kiriyama Writers’ Prize in 2008, and was later adapted as a motion picture. Among his other most decorated works are The Book of Fame, winner of numerous literary awards, Biografi, a New York Times Notable Book, Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance, Paint Your Wife and Hand Me Down World.

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Praise for Hand Me Down World

“'This is, to make a bold claim, an extraordinary novel . . . Jones is a daring writer who can be relied on to ignore expectation, and is becoming one of the most interesting, honest and thought-provoking novelists working today.' The Guardian”

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“'[Jones] has written a book to be admired, to be discussed, to be treasured. . . . I was moved. I was enthralled. This is a writer who knows how to tell a story, deftly, surprisingly, magnificently.' Weekend Herald”

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“'We surely have sufficient evidence to trumpet Lloyd Jones as one of the most significant novelists writing today.' Sunday Times (UK)”

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