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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869790776
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 479
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Lucky Bastard



The work of a prize-winning writer, this novel is vividly portrayed, moving and thought-provoking.

The work of a prize-winning writer, this novel is vividly portrayed, moving and thought-provoking.How do you make sense of the past when it suddenly explodes into the present? Taking unexpected turns, Lucky Bastard is a powerful novel in three acts. In post-war Japan, Eric Keeling must investigate an alleged war crime, but do his actions constitute a further crime? In New Zealand, half a century later, this is the question that confronts his two children. They have grown up with a difficult father, who was traumatised by his past as a prisoner of war. Was he a war hero, or guilty of an unscrupulous act of revenge? As their father loses his hold on reality, they must sift through the facts and fictions of what really happened, and in the process they discover a new sense of family.

  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869790776
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 479
Categories:

About the author

Peter Wells

Peter Wells is a writer and film-maker. He studied history at the University of Auckland and the University of Warwick, England. His short stories, novels, memoirs and biographies have won many awards and accolades. He spearheaded the saving and restoration of the Civic Theatre in Auckland in the 1980s, and is co-founder of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. In 2006 was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to literature and film.

Peter won the New Zealand Book Award for Fiction for his first book of short stories, Dangerous Desires, which was published in New Zealand, New York and London. The book also won, among other awards, the PEN (NZ) Best First Book in Prose Award in 1992. He has published another book of short fiction, The Duration of a Kiss (New York, Sydney and London), and a memoir Long Loop Home, which won the 2002 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Biography. His published novels include Boy Overboard, which was shortlisted for the 1998 Commonwealth Prize (Pacific–Asia Region), and Iridescence, which was runner-up for the Deutz Medal Winner for Fiction at the Montana Book of the Year Awards and a finalist in the Tasmania-Pacific Award. In 2009 Peter Wells won the Copyright Licensing Limited Award to write a book on William Colenso, The Hungry Heart: Journeys with William Colenso, published in 2011, which was shortlisted for the NZ Post Awards. In 2011 Peter Wells was awarded the Michael King Fellowship. Peter has a blog at peterwellsblog.com.

The New Zealand Herald called Iridescence ‘without question one of the most important New Zealand novels of the year’, noting that the ‘final pages have a tender grace to them, a respect for the redemptive possibilities of everyday life, which had me in tears.’Metro declared The Hungry Heart the best New Zealand biography of 2011, saying that it ‘ranks amongst the finest and most fascinating biographies ever produced in this country’. ‘The conventional wisdom among biographers is that they ought to keep themselves out of the story and maintain a judicious distance from their subjects. Peter Wells dares do otherwise . . . The risks Wells takes pay off.’

North & South greeted The Hungry Heart with ‘Everyone’s favourite polymath is back’, calling it ‘a remarkable book about a versatile colonial figure’. ‘The reviewer notes that Wells’s ‘skill allows him not just to compile a compelling narrative but to subtly pepper it with micro-essays on many themes that revolve around the enigmatic figure of Colenso. ’The New Zealand Herald reviewer noted that ‘the challenge of biography, and history writing too, is to include, without strain, both the known and the unknown in one frame’ before going on to say ‘Wells does gracefully, with an extra dimension that goes beyond mere technical skill to something that might be called wisdom.’

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