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  • Published: 7 December 2012
  • ISBN: 9781775533610
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 248

Once Were Warriors




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. 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

  • Published: 7 December 2012
  • ISBN: 9781775533610
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 248

About the author

Alan Duff

Alan Duff was born in 1950 and lives with his wife and four children in Havelock North, New Zealand. He has published two precious novels, Once Were Warriors (also available in Vintage) and One Night Out Stealing; a novella, State Ward; and a work of non-fiction, Maori: The Crisis and the Challenge. Once Were Warriors won the PEN Best First Book for Fiction Award and was made into an internationally acclaimed film for which Alan Duff wrote the original screenplay.

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Praise for Once Were Warriors

At last a Maori writer has managed to hang out all the dirty Maori washing with some kind of dignity and at the same time place the blame where it belongs. No other Maori writer has achieved this to the same degree - small loads of dirty washing yes, but not the front fence covered in rags and holey underwear. Most of the Maori writers have been careful not to hang it out in case the Pakehas would see it and use it against them. In the backyard - amongst themselves, it's family and it's okay.

Bruce Stewart, NZ Books

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