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From an early age, James Poneke has had to play a role to survive. But what of the real James?

While exhibited as a curiosity, a Maori boy turns his gaze on Victorian London.

‘The hour is late. The candle is low. Tomorrow I will see whether it is my friends or a ship homewards I meet. But first I must finish my story for you. My future, my descendant, my mokopuna. Listen.’
So begins the tale of James Poneke: orphaned son of a chief; ardent student of English; wide-eyed survivor. All the world’s a stage, especially when you’re a living exhibit. But anything can happen to a young New Zealander on the savage streets of Victorian London. When James meets the man with laughing dark eyes and the woman who dresses as a man, he begins to discover who people really are beneath their many guises.

Although London is everything James most desires, this new world is more dark and dazzling than he could have imagined.

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780143771562

    September 3, 2018

    RHNZ Vintage

    RRP $38.00

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  • EBook

    9780143771579

    September 3, 2018

    Random House New Zealand

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Book Clubs
SHORT STORY CLUB – 6 SEPTEMBER 2018

Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 6 September 2018

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