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A New Zealand classic, this novel is a raw and powerful portrayal of Maori in New Zealand society.

A New Zealand classic, this novel is a raw and powerful portrayal of Maori in New Zealand society.

Alan Duff's groundbreaking first novel is one of the most talked-about books ever published in New Zealand and is the basis of a major New Zealand film and won the Hubert Church PEN Best First Book Award. This hard-hitting story is a frank and uncompromising portrait in which everyone is a victim, until the strength and vision of one woman transcends brutality and leads the way to a new life.

'Alan Duff's first novel bursts upon our literary landscape with all the noise and power of a new volcano' - Michael Gifkins, NZ Listener

Reviews

Alan Duff's first novel bursts upon our literary landscape with all the noise and power of a new volcano

Michael Gifkins, NZ Listener

Far more intensely than any previous writer, Maori or Pakeha, he focuses on the country's social underbelly.

Michael King, Metro

. . . a strongly written, well constructed novel which carries a forceful message

Kathryn Rountree, Dominion Sunday Times

It is angry, disgusted, and honest, and it is written from a Maori perspective

W.J. McEldowney

The style is grimly realisitc but it is also highly readable.

Alex Calder, The Dominion

Alan Duff looks at things no New Zealand novelist has had the knowledge - perhaps the courage - to look at directly before.

Maurice Gee, Judge of 1991 Pen First Book Award

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781775532859

    December 7, 2012

    RHNZ Vintage

    240 pages

    RRP $30.00

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  • EBook

    9781775533610

    December 7, 2012

    Random House New Zealand

    248 pages

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