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Patricia Grace's classic novel is a work of spellbinding power in which the myths of older times are inextricably woven into the political realities of today.

Patricia Grace's classic novel is a work of spellbinding power in which the myths of older times are inextricably woven into the political realities of today.
In a small coastal community threatened by developers who would ravage their lands it is a time of fear and confusion – and growing anger. The prophet child Tokowaru-i-te-Marama shares his people's struggles against bulldozers and fast money talk. When dramatic events menace the marae, his grief threatens to burst beyond the confines of his twisted body. His all-seeing eye looks forward to a strange and terrible new dawn.

Potiki won the New Zealand Book Awards in 1987.

Reviews

Potiki (which means last-born child) from 1986 is a true classic and an important novel which remains politically prescient. Set in a small coastal marae town in New Zealand, a tight knit community is rattled as townie developers move in with flashy development plans that will devastate the land and community. The novel, which won the New Zealand Book Award for Fiction in 1987 is superbly crafted and politically charged. Following the lives of Hemi, his adopted son prophet child Tokowaru and wife Roimata as the effects of colonialism continue to cast a shadow, the multi-voiced narrative explores abuse of power, exploitation, land politics, gentrification and the everyday effects these things have on the ordinary people in a community.

Kiran Dass, Weekend

'One of those books that is never forgotten . . .' — Lydia Wevers, Listener

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'Delicate in its blend of prose and poetry, yet powerful in its statement of cultural identity, this chronicle of a Maori whanau expertly weaves together the timelessness of Maori mythology with contemporary realities.' — Miriama Evans, The Dominion

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'Patricia Grace is an extraordinary storyteller. She writes with insight and with an intense sensitivity and spiritualty that is a rare treasure.' — Irene Absalom, Christchurch Star

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'Patricia Grace's writing is as delicate as Japanese brushwork, yet as poignant and throat-aching as the loss of a loved one.' — Arapera Blank, Listener

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'Grace's wonderful fiction shows us with truth, compassion and humour, the good and bad, ugliness and beauty, strength and fecklessness of contemporary Maori life.' — The Press

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'Patricia Grace displays the kind of mastery that comes only from years of writing experience, patient observation and accumulated wisdom.' — Sunday Star-Times

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'She not only tells a remarkable narrative, but she does so beautifully with such remarkable style.' — Times Educational Supplement

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  • Hardback

    9780143573784

    May 30, 2016

    Penguin

    224 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140088038

    September 12, 2001

    Penguin

    192 pages

    RRP $30.00

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  • EBook

    9781742287911

    September 12, 2001

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