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  • Published: 3 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775530503
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 129

State Ward



A moving, powerful novel about facing your crimes, about freedom and about redemption, from the renowned author of Once Were Warriors.

A moving, powerful novel about facing your crimes, about freedom and about redemption, from the renowned author of Once Were Warriors.

'I'm thirteen and I'm in a cell. A cell. It's got real bars, up there protecting that high window. I can jump up and touch them. I'm in a cell. That door is for real; it's made of solid steel, and it's got a peephole. So they can spy on me. But I ain't gonna bust. I damn well ain't.'

Charlie Wilson, the 'state house boy' from Two Lakes, is sent to Riverton Boys' Home as a state ward 'until such time as you are seen fit to return to society'. The door in the cellblock isn't the only thing that Charlie finds is for real. There's also the name 'George' scrawled on the walls, and by it the word 'kehua' or ghost . . .

  • Published: 3 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775530503
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 129

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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