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  • Published: 28 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143776710
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

Truthmaker




The sequel to Maurice Gee’s The Severed Land, written by Tony Chapelle, authorised and endorsed by Maurice Gee

‘This sequel captures the essence of my novel and takes my characters on a tense and dangerous journey through the world of The Severed Land.’ - Maurice Gee


Picking up where The Severed Land left off, this suspense-filled novel continues the story of the brave ex-slave Fliss. Despite her idyllic new life behind the safety of the wall, she can’t help longing for someone special of her own. That's when a young man appears, preaching peace and unity.


His arrival, however, is about to send Fliss and her friend Minnie back through the wall on a hazardous mission. There’s danger at every corner, perilous journeys and the constant threat of betrayal and capture.

  • Published: 28 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143776710
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Tony Chapelle

Tony Chapelle had a professional life as a historian, mainly in schools and universities in the South Pacific. Over the past few decades he has concentrated on creative writing, and has published Original Sin, a book of short stories, many of them award-winning, and a sequence of four novels for adults: Merely a Girl, The Youngest Son, A Distant Belonging, and Kindred. He lives in Palmerston North with his daughter and granddaughters.

NZ Booklovers
wrote of Kindred, his most recent work: ‘This is a beautiful book from start to finish. It is polished and perfectly weighted . . . . So sad, and so beautifully captured by the writer.’ He has been short-listed and won a number of New Zealand short story competitions and was awarded a NZ Society of Authors mentorship with Sue McCauley. Maurice Gee described the character of Chapelle’s first novel as ‘tough, energetic, frustrated, vulnerable and not always admirable. A thoroughly believable young woman.’

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