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Fiona Farrell's first novel – always moving, often hilarious – is a breathtakingly accomplished debut. It presents a head-on confrontation with a New Zealand psyche rarely found in history books.

Skinny Louie, daughter of Shanghai Lil, has a baby in the Begonia House on the day of the royal visit. Maura finds the baby and takes it home. Tia grows up with magical powers into the brave new world of the twenty-first century.

Reviews

'Strong, insightful and most importantly, thoroughly entertaining.' — Carolyn Wilder, Sunday Star

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'A rich and sprawling book, gutsy and full of none-too-gentle humour.' — Gaelyn Gordon, Dominion

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'A lucid and textured insight into the history of white working-class people in the twentieth century . . . haunting and dislocating . . .' — Carmel Bird, Australian Book Review

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'. . . the first novel by the woman who is, I think, the most innovative and exciting short story writer in New Zealand today.' — Aorewa McLeod, ASA Journal

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'a buoyantly ambitious work . . . The conflict of feelings aroused by The Skinny Louie Book is a tribute to its complexity, the richness of its sensibility and intellect. In ancient Ireland, Fiona Farrell would qualify as a poet of high deeds and stories . . . declaiming history and genealogy in order to show the people to themselves.' — Debra Daley, Listener

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780143573753

    May 30, 2016

    Penguin (NZ Adult)

    328 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • Paperback

    9780141004044

    August 1, 2001

    Penguin (NZ Adult)

    288 pages

    RRP $30.00

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  • EBook

    9781743487266

    August 1, 2001

    Penguin eBooks (NZ Adult)

    288 pages

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Also by Fiona Farrell

Decline and Fall on Savage Street
Light Readings
The Villa At the Edge of the Empire
The Strange Case of the Disappearing Body
The Hopeful Traveller
Limestone
Mr Allbones' Ferrets
Book Book
Six Clever Girls Who Became Famous Women

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