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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


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

Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    March 5, 2010

    RHNZ Godwit

    128 pages

    RRP $36.99

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Book Clubs
Short Story Club – 31 May 2018

Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 31 May 2018