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  • Published: 5 March 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869621773
  • Imprint: RHNZ Godwit
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $36.99

Where Your Left Hand Rests


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'This book is a treasure, in all senses of the word.' - Nelson Mail

An outstanding poetry collection by one of New Zealand's leading writers.

This collection of poems from Fiona Kidman bear all the hallmarks of her writing: acute observation, a telling eye for detail, a wry humour and great empathy. By turns tender, passionate, elegiac and amusing, the poems range over wide territory, from imagining her Scottish grandmother's arrival in New Zealand, to wearing Katherine Mansfield’s shawl, to time spent in Greece and in her garden.

"Superb poetry. A truly lovely little book." - Metro

  • Pub date: 5 March 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869621773
  • Imprint: RHNZ Godwit
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $36.99

About the Author

Fiona Kidman



Dame Fiona Kidman is one of New Zealand's most celebrated writers. Winner of numerous awards and fellowships for literature including a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour, Dame Fiona is renowned as one of New Zealand's foremost storytellers, having written over 30 books, including novels, short stories and poetry, and more than 60 television, film and radio scripts. She was created a Dame (DNZM) in 1998 in recognition of her contribution to literature.

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Praise for Where Your Left Hand Rests

“This book is a treasure, in all senses of the word. The poetry is rich and personal and evocative. It resonates with the depth of passion and commitment of good poetry. The poems are a storehouse of family jewels and valued friends, mostly women.This is a significant publication for Dame Fiona, and was released on her 70th birthday – her gift to New Zealand readers. It's also what you buy to commemorate the best in print publishing, what you hold up in the air to the incoming barrage of digital publishers and say "OK, but you can't beat this in the beauty stakes".”

Jessica Le Bas, Nelson Mail


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