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  • Published: 1 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869798727
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 244

Ricochet Baby



Perceptive, intelligent and touching, this is a fine novel from one of New Zealand's best writers.

A moving novel, with intelligent and compassionate insight into post-natal depression and the complexities of relationships.

'When Roberta falls pregnant her whole family is filled with joy.'

Fallen is not exactly how Roberta would describe it, for she and Paul have planned the baby and it has been conceived at exactly the time that they chose. But the birth itself is not as anyone chooses and the circles that radiate from this crisis affect everyone involved and change Roberta's life, in particular, for ever.

'In her craft of her storytelling and in her compassionate gutsy tough expression of female experience, she is the best we have.' - NZ Listener

  • Published: 1 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869798727
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 244

About the author

Fiona Kidman

Fiona Kidman has published over 30 books, including novels, poetry, non-fiction and a play. She has worked as a librarian, radio producer and critic, and as a scriptwriter for radio, television and film. The New Zealand Listener wrote: ‘In her craft and her storytelling and in her compassionate gutsy tough expression of female experience, she is the best we have.’

She has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships; in more recent years, The Captive Wife was runner-up for the Deutz Medal for Fiction and was joint-winner of the Readers’ Choice Award in the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards, and her short story collection The Trouble with Fire was shortlisted for both the NZ Post Book Awards and the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award. Her novel This Mortal Boy won the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, the NZ Booklovers Award, the NZSA Heritage Book Award for Fiction and the Ngaio Marsh Crime Writing Award for Best Novel.

She was created a Dame (DNZM) in 1998 in recognition of her contribution to literature, and more recently a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour. ‘We cannot talk about writing in New Zealand without acknowledging her,’ wrote New Zealand Books. ‘Kidman’s accessible prose and the way she shows (mainly) women grappling to escape from restricting social pressures has guaranteed her a permanent place in our fiction.’

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