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  • Published: 3 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775530497
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 184

One Night Out Stealing


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The second gripping, powerful novel by the author of Once Were Warriors.

The second gripping, powerful novel by the author of Once Were Warriors.

Boys’ homes, borstal, jail, stealing, then jail again – and again. That’s been life for Jube and Sonny. One Pakeha, the other Maori, only vaguely aware of life beyond pubs and their hopeless cronies . . .

Reviewers found it compulsive and unforgettable, one saying: 'Brutal, foul-mouthed, violent, despairing and real . . . it can't be ignored'.

In this novel Alan Duff confirms his skills as a gripping story-teller and a masterful creator of characters and situations. As one reviewer noted, it is 'original and important'.

  • Pub date: 3 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775530497
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 184

About the Author

Alan Duff

Alan Duff was born in Rotorua in 1950. He has written novels, including Once Were Warriors, One Night Out Stealing and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, a novella (State Ward), several children’s books and a number of non-fiction works. Once Were Warriors won the Pen Best First Book of Fiction Award and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? won the Montana New Zealand Book Award for Fiction. Both novels were made into internationally acclaimed films.

Duff was the driving force behind the Books in Homes scheme, which, with commercial sponsorship and government support, aims to break the cycle of illiteracy, poverty, anger and violence among underprivileged children by providing books for them to own.

The New Zealand Listener claimed that Duff’s debut, Once Were Warriors, ‘bursts upon the literary landscape with all the noise and power of a new volcano’, while acclaimed writer Witi Ihimaera wrote, ‘This is the Haka, the rage of a people who, yes, once were warriors . . . A kick to the guts of New Zealand’s much-vaunted pride in its Maori/Pakeha race relations. A breathless fearless debut.’

The Sydney Morning Herald regarded the sequel, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, as ‘a masterpiece’: ‘powerful, authentic, moving, brilliantly written . . . a profound and passionate novel . . . a memorable experience’. The Australian praised its ‘universal truths to be savoured for their poetic insight’, while the Canberra Times called it ‘a brilliant work . . . poetic and full of hope’.

The New Zealand Listener wrote that What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? ‘carries the story on with doubled brilliance. The new book is just as dynamic, just as in-your-face as the first one, but less violent, more layered, more fundamentally thoughtful and challenging.’

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Praise for One Night Out Stealing

“ONE NIGHT OUT STEALING has many of the strengths of 'Once Were Warriors' - the dialogue, the pub culture, the reckless abandon of those who live hand to mouth and the rules which bend them together . . . Alan Duff is doing something original and important.”

Geoff Chapple, Sunday Star

“Duff hits the nail on the head again”

Mike Crean, Christchurch Star

“Duff's great strength as a novelist is that he ventures with pugnacious gusto where others fear to tread . . . Duff's extraordinary prose moves with dizzying momentum and crackles with compressed energy.”

Iain Sharp, Evening Post

“I found it compulsive reading”

Clarke Isaacs, Otago Daily Times

“. . . this is one novel you won't forget in a hurry”

Paul Baker, Wairarapa Times Age

“brutal, foul-mouthed, violent, despairing and real . . . it can't be ignored.”

Jack Sulzberger, Hawke's Bay Herald Tribune


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