This Mortal Boy

This Mortal Boy

' This is his story. 'A beautiful writer' - The Times Winner of the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, the NZ Booklovers Award and the NZSA Heritage Book Award for Fiction.

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 9780143771814

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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An utterly compelling recreation of the events that led to one of the last executions in New Zealand. Albert Black, known as the 'jukebox killer', was only twenty when he was convicted of murdering another young man in a fight at a milk bar in Auckland on 26 July 1955. His crime fuelled growing moral panic about teenagers, and he was to hang less than five months later, the second-to-last person to be executed in New Zealand. But what really happened? Was this a love crime, was it a sign of juvenile delinquency? Or was this dark episode in our recent history more about our society's reaction to outsiders? Black's final words, as the hangman covered his head, were, 'I wish you all a merry Christmas, gentlemen, and a prosperous New Year.' This is his story. 'A beautiful writer' - The Times Winner of the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, the NZ Booklovers Award and the NZSA Heritage Book Award for Fiction.
Categories: Fiction

At the End of Darwin Road

At the End of Darwin Road

An evocative memoir about the emergence of a pre-eminent writer in a changing world 'What I have to tell is largely a personal narrative about how I came to inhabit a fictional world' This absorbing memoir explores the first half of writer ...

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 9781869796402

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 392

An evocative memoir about the emergence of a pre-eminent writer in a changing world 'What I have to tell is largely a personal narrative about how I came to inhabit a fictional world' This absorbing memoir explores the first half of writer Fiona Kidman's life, notably in Kerikeri amid the 'sharp citric scent of orange groves, bright heat and . . . the shadow of Asia' - at the end of Darwin Road. From the distance of France, where Kidman spent time as the Katherine Mansfield Fellow in Menton, she reconsiders the past, weaving personal reflection and experience with the history of the places where she lived, particularly the fascinating northern settlements of Kerikeri and Waipu, and further south the cities of Rotorua and Wellington. Her story crosses paths with those of numerous different New Zealanders, from the Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana, to descendants of the migration from Scotland led by a charismatic Presbyterian minister, to other writers and significant friends. We learn of Kidman's struggles to establish herself as a writer and to become part of different communities, and how each worked their way into her fiction. At the End of Darwin Road is a vivid memoir of place and family, and of becoming a writer: 'I was certain that . . . I would continue to write, if possible, every day of my life.'
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

All the Way to Summer

All the Way to Summer

To mark her 80th birthday, this volume brings together a variety of her previously published stories as well as several that are new or previously uncollected; all moving, insightful and written with love.

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0143773658

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Page: 368

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A powerful collection of stories exploring love and longing from the award-winning author of This Mortal Boy. Fiona Kidman's early stories about New Zealand women's experiences scandalised readers with their vivid depictions of the heartbreaks and joys of desire, illicit liaisons and unconventional love. Her writing made her a feminist icon in the early 1980s, and she has since continued to tell the realities of women's lives, her books resonating with many readers over the years and across the world. To mark her 80th birthday, this volume brings together a variety of her previously published stories as well as several that are new or previously uncollected; all moving, insightful and written with love. The final stories trace her own history of love, a memoir of significant people from childhood and beyond.
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The Book of Secrets

The Book of Secrets

First published in 1987, this book has been in print ever since - a continual classic and perennial favourite.

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 9781775533559

Category: Fiction

Page: 376

View: 931

A classic, prize-winning novel about an epic migration and a lone woman haunted by the past in frontier Waipu. In the 1850s, a group of settlers established a community at Waipu in the northern part of New Zealand. They were led there by a stern preacher, Norman McLeod. The community had followed him from Scotland in 1817 to found a settlement in Nova Scotia, then subsequently to New Zealand via Australia. Their incredible journeys actually happened, and in this winner of the New Zealand Book Awards, Fiona Kidman breathes life and contemporary relevance into the facts by creating a remarkable fictional story of three women entangled in the migrations - Isabella, her daughter Annie and granddaughter Maria. McLeod's harsh leadership meant that anyone who ran counter to him had to live a life of secrets. The 'secrets' encapsulated the spirit of these women in their varied reactions to McLeod's strict edicts and connect the past to the present and future. First published in 1987, this book has been in print ever since - a continual classic and perennial favourite.
Categories: Fiction

The House Within

The House Within

A novel of linked stories about a woman's search for identity beyond family ties, expectations and demands.

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 9781775530275

Category: Fiction

Page: 239

View: 540

A novel of linked stories about a woman's search for identity beyond family ties, expectations and demands. Bethany Dixon is at the centre of a complex network of relationships. She is mother and stepmother, wife and ex, daughter-in-law, sister and lover. Earthy, generous, addicted to children and food, Bethany has yet to establish her place in the world. Peter, who has loved and left her, still perceives her as the central drama of his life. In fragments and snapshots, Bethany, Peter and their children see their lives revealed as twenty-five years pass in the blink of a shutter. They discover their separate identities from unlikely sources.
Categories: Fiction

Persephone the Grateful

Persephone the Grateful

Surely this mortal boy had read in Teen Scrollazine how she and Hades hung out
together a lot. Though Pirithous's attention was flattering, her heart belonged to
that godboy. Thinking about Hades made Persephone wish she were flying with
 ...

Author: Joan Holub

Publisher: Aladdin

ISBN: 9781534457393

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 256

View: 997

Get to know Persephone, the Queen of the Underworld, in this twenty-sixth Goddess Girls adventure!
Categories: Juvenile Fiction

Ricochet Baby

Ricochet Baby

A moving novel, with intelligent and compassionate insight into post-natal depression and the complexities of relationships.

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 9781869798727

Category: Fiction

Page: 244

View: 750

A moving novel, with intelligent and compassionate insight into post-natal depression and the complexities of relationships. 'When Roberta falls pregnant her whole family is filled with joy.' Fallen is not exactly how Roberta would describe it, for she and Paul have planned the baby and it has been conceived at exactly the time that they chose. But the birth itself is not as anyone chooses and the circles that radiate from this crisis affect everyone involved and change Roberta's life, in particular, for ever. 'In her craft of her storytelling and in her compassionate gutsy tough expression of female experience, she is the best we have.' - NZ Listener
Categories: Fiction

The Oxford Shakespeare A Midsummer Night s Dream

The Oxford Shakespeare  A Midsummer Night s Dream

23 changeling The word usually refers to the ugly or weak child left by the fairies
in exchange for the beautiful mortal child stealthily removed by them ; here ,
unusually ( sole instance in OED ) , it refers to the mortal boy himself . The word
has ...

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780199535866

Category: Drama

Page: 288

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A Midsummer Night's Dream is perhaps the best loved of Shakespeare's plays. It brings together aristocrats, workers, and fairies in a wood outside Athens, and from there the enchantment begins. In the introduction to this edition, Peter Holland pays particular attention to dreams and dreamers, and to Shakespeare's construction of a world of night and shadows. Both here and in his commentary he explores the play's extensive performance history to illustrate the wide range of interpretations of which it is capable.
Categories: Drama

This Change in the Light

This Change in the Light

"Fiona Kidman's exquisite and adroit poetry invites the reader into her life, introducing us to her family, friends and places she has loved.

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Godwit

ISBN: 1775538559

Category:

Page: 128

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Where Your Left Hand Rests

Where Your Left Hand Rests

There has been renewed interest in her poetry since the recent publication of her memoirs, and this exquisitely packaged collection will not disappoint.

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Godwit Pub.

ISBN: 1869621778

Category: New Zealand poetry

Page: 125

View: 258

It's been 35 years since Dame Fiona Kidman's first book of poems was published, and now she is back with another, perfectly timed for her 70th birthday in March 2010. There has been renewed interest in her poetry since the recent publication of her memoirs, and this exquisitely packaged collection will not disappoint.
Categories: New Zealand poetry

The Captive Wife

The Captive Wife

Based on real events, this prize-winning novel is the compelling story of a marriage, of love and duty, and the quest for freedom in a pioneering age.

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 9781869790813

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 367

View: 798

Based on real events, this prize-winning novel is the compelling story of a marriage, of love and duty, and the quest for freedom in a pioneering age. When Betty Guard steps ashore in Sydney, in 1834, she meets with a heroine's welcome. Her survival during a four-month kidnapping ordeal amongst Taranaki Maori is hailed as nothing short of a miracle. But questions about what really happened slowly surface within the élite governing circles of the raw new town of Sydney. Jacky Guard, ex-convict turned whaler, had taken Betty as his wife to his New Zealand whaling station when she was fourteen. After several years and two children, the family is returning from a visit to Sydney when their barque is wrecked near Mount Taranaki. A battle with local Maori follows, and Betty and her children are captured. Her husband goes to seek a ransom, but instead England engages in its first armed conflict with New Zealand Maori when he is persuaded to return with two naval ships. After her violent rescue, Betty's life amongst the tribe comes under intense scrutiny.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

A Popular Handbook of Christian Evidences

A Popular Handbook of Christian Evidences

... the angels surrounded the throne of God and cried , " O Lord of the whole earth
, shall this mortal child , fore - ordained to ... boy , to her father , and told him that
this child had been given to her in wondrous fashion by the divine river Nile , the
 ...

Author: John Kennedy

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:590559069

Category: Apologetics

Page: 404

View: 709

Categories: Apologetics

All Day at the Movies

All Day at the Movies

Wry, moving, beautifully observed and politically astute, this novel from one of our finest chroniclers pinpoints universal truths through very New Zealand lives.

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 9781775538912

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 100

Wry, moving, beautifully observed and politically astute, this novel from one of our finest chroniclers pinpoints universal truths through very New Zealand lives. Life isn’t always like it appears in the movies. In 1952, Irene Sandle takes her young daughter to Motueka. Irene was widowed during the war and is seeking a new start and employment in the tobacco fields. There, she finds the reality of her life far removed from the glamour of the screen. Can there be romance and happy endings, or will circumstances repeat through the generations? Each subsequent episode in this poignant work follows family secrets and the dynamics of Irene’s children. The story doesn’t just track their lives, but also New Zealand itself as its attitudes and opportunities change — and reverberate — through the decades. '. . . she is at a literary point when age is all gain – consummate craft, passion aplenty, the complex resonance of memory, and the edginess that comes from knowing about loss' – New Zealand Books Winner of the Heritage Book Awards, Fiction Category
Categories: Fiction

Songs from the Violet Cafe

Songs from the Violet Cafe

Acclaimed by critics as 'beautifully written', 'innovative' and 'profoundly moving', this novel is about the ways we are influenced in early life and can connect to others through shared experience.

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 9781775530299

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 688

Acclaimed by critics as 'beautifully written', 'innovative' and 'profoundly moving', this novel is about the ways we are influenced in early life and can connect to others through shared experience. A woman rows across a lake with a small part-Asian child. The woman is Violet Trench, who in future years will run the Violet Caf with an iron will. Those who work in her caf come from a diverse range of backgrounds, but each with their own troubles and each affected by working for this enigmatic woman. Her influence takes Jessie Sandal on dangerous journeys to the Far East, and to another stretch of water to be crossed with a small part-Asian child. Although the characters go their separate ways, they never forget the flavour of that summer working at the caf, like the secret, surprising allure of the truffle that infused the food there.
Categories: Fiction

A Needle in the Heart

A Needle in the Heart

These are mostly stories about country women, whose children have grown up and moved away to the cities, while they have remained surrounded by tight communities and an enfolding countryside.

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 9781775530305

Category: Fiction

Page: 222

View: 319

A collection of six compelling stories linked by a central issue in the lives of the main characters, the defining incident that shapes their futures. The disappearance of a brother; an illegitimate child born to a young girl; a traumatic court case; a woman caught between the deep friendship of two men; a lost lover; a betrayal. These are mostly stories about country women, whose children have grown up and moved away to the cities, while they have remained surrounded by tight communities and an enfolding countryside. The central story is of a woman who has a drifting sewing-machine in her body. Every time she thinks she has composed her life, she is reminded of something that happened in her past and feels as if the needle is 'passing through her heart'. 'She has a rare ability to capture a sense of place and time . . . [Her] stories remind me of Alice Monro.' - Booksellers News
Categories: Fiction

The Trouble With Fire

The Trouble With Fire

In this brilliant new collection, she explores - with her customary subtlety and insight - how we are all touched and sometimes scarred by the flames of emotion - whether it be the impossible love of a pregnant woman for a married man, ...

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 9781869793609

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 752

A beautiful collection of stories by a pre-eminent writer, shortlisted for major awards. Fiona Kidman has a genius for peeling back the lives of ordinary people to reveal their hidden passions and complexities. In this brilliant new collection, she explores - with her customary subtlety and insight - how we are all touched and sometimes scarred by the flames of emotion - whether it be the impossible love of a pregnant woman for a married man, grief for a dead baby or loss of a young woman in mysterious circumstances. Ranging in time from the colonial period to the present day, these stories by one of New Zealand's foremost writers are beautifully crafted, intriguing and evocative. '[Her] stories remind me of those of Alice Munro. Though they are very much of a time and place they have a universal dimension.' - Booksellers News Shortlisted for the NZ Post Awards and the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award.
Categories: Fiction

Tom Brown s school days by an old boy T Hughes

Tom Brown s school days  by an old boy  T  Hughes

250 TROUBLES OF A BOY - PHILOSOPHER . tell him to come in after prayers to
supper . ... experiments which Martin was always trying , with the most wondrous
results in the shape of explosions and smells that mortal boy ever heard of .

Author: Thomas Hughes

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112082276392

Category: Boys

Page: 376

View: 163

Categories: Boys

The Infinite Air

The Infinite Air

Fiona Kidman’s enthralling novel delves into the life of this enigmatic woman, probing mysteries and crafting a fascinating exploration of early flying, of mothers and daughters, and of fame and secrecy.

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 9781869797935

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 706

A superbly written novel offering an intriguing interpretation of one of the world’s greatest aviators, the glamorous and mysterious Jean Batten. Jean Batten became an international icon in the 1930s. A brave, beautiful woman, she made a number of heroic solo flights across the world. The newspapers couldn’t get enough of her; and yet she suddenly slipped out of view, disappearing to the Caribbean with her mother and dying in obscurity in Majorca, buried in a pauper’s grave. Fiona Kidman’s enthralling novel delves into the life of this enigmatic woman, probing mysteries and crafting a fascinating exploration of early flying, of mothers and daughters, and of fame and secrecy.
Categories: Fiction

Fairy Tales Legends and Romances Illustrating Shakespeare and Other Early English Writers

Fairy Tales  Legends and Romances Illustrating Shakespeare and Other Early English Writers

... potent lord , Praised like the stars , and like the moon adored , She , whom at
distance thrones and princedoms view'd , To whom proud Oriel and Azuriel sued
, In her high palace languish'd , void of joy , And pined in secret for a mortal boy .

Author: Joseph Ritson

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000033292762

Category: Dwarfs

Page: 426

View: 117

Categories: Dwarfs

The Poetical Works of Thomas Parnell

The Poetical Works of Thomas Parnell

She , whom at distance thrones and princedoms view ' d , To whom proud Oriel
and Azuriel sued , In her high palace languish ' d , void of joy , And pin ' d in
secret for a mortal boy . He too was smitten , and discreetly strove By courtly
deeds to ...

Author: Thomas Parnell

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:HWP9M9

Category: English poetry

Page: 128

View: 738

This volume contains the collected poems and brief biographies of Thomas Parnell and Thomas Tickell.
Categories: English poetry