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The Warrior Queen is a subversive, funny novel about modern middle­-class marriage

The Warrior Queen is a subversive, funny novel about modern middle­-class marriage.

Kate Wildburn is in trouble. She is an extrovert, a lateral thinker and a talented pianist. She is also a good wife and mother, and an attractive woman who enjoys being a woman. Richard, her surgeon husband, is balding, aggressive, hard on his children – and is he having an affair?

The Warrior Queen is a subversive look at modern middle­-class marriage, a guerrilla war of the sexes fought in well-heeled Auckland among the trendy homes and chic cafes of Remmers and Parnell. With her fine ear for male bluster and female bitchiness, and her subtle observations of family life, Barbara Else has created an elegant black comedy to entertain – and warn – readers from either of the warring camps.

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  • EBook


    March 1, 2012

    Random House New Zealand

    223 pages

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Also by Barbara Else

Go Girl
The Case of the Missing Kitchen
Three Pretty Widows
Gingerbread Husbands
Eating Peacocks


The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Girl on the Train
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Road to Little Dribbling
Swing Time
The Bear and The Nightingale
Ready Player One
The Trip of a Lifetime
A Long Way from Home
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
The Light Between Oceans