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.

This Mortal Boy

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 0143771817

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.

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 ...

At the End of Darwin Road

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 1869796403

Page: 272

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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.'

Clotho the Fate

Measure! “It is the destiny of all mortals to die one day, but Tantalus's thread is
long,” Lachesis commented, sounding happy about that. ... These represented
times of trouble or sadness that would occur during this mortal boy's life. However
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Clotho the Fate

Author: Joan Holub

Publisher: Aladdin

ISBN: 1481470248

Page: 272

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Get to know Clotho, one of the Three Fates, in this twenty-fifth Goddess Girls adventure! Eleven-year-old Clotho is always linked with her two big sisters. Together, they are all the Three Fates, with abilities to predict events in mortals’ lives. There are a few rules that the all-powerful Zeus has decreed for them, including a strict no-mingling with mortals policy. After Clotho discovers letterscrolls from unhappy mortals who don’t love their fates, she wishes there was a way to try and earn their respect. During a secret trip to the Immortal Marketplace—where there is always a chance to run into mortals, too!—Clotho finds herself in over her head as she gets swept up in a competition to celebrate the opening a new store. A competition where her identity as a fate could be revealed at any moment! If that weren’t enough, Clotho must face up to an old mistake she made several years ago that broke one of Zeus’s other rules: Never interrupt the telling of a fate. It could mess up a mortal’s whole life! Can Clotho manage to untangle the mess she has made while finding a way to bring the mortals and the Fates together?

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
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Persephone the Grateful

Author: Joan Holub

Publisher: Aladdin

ISBN: 1534457399

Page: 256

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

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.

All the Way to Summer

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780143773658

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.

This Change in the Light

A superb collection of poetry from one of New Zealand's top writers. Fiona Kidman's exquisite and adroit poetry invites the reader into her life, introducing us to her family, friends and places she has loved.

This Change in the Light

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Godwit

ISBN: 9781775538554

Page: 128

View: 364

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A Popular Handbook of Christian Evidences

Contrast Contrast with all this the naturalness and reticence with all this . of the
historical record . ... the angels surrounded the throne of God and cried , " O Lord
of the whole earth , shall this mortal child , fore - ordained to chant , at the head of
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A Popular Handbook of Christian Evidences

Author: John Kennedy

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Page: 404

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The House Within

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

The House Within

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 1775530272

Page: 239

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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.

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.

A Needle in the Heart

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 1775530302

Page: 222

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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

The Book of Secrets

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

The Book of Secrets

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 1775533557

Page: 376

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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.

Ricochet Baby

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

Ricochet Baby

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 1869798724

Page: 244

View: 106

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

Preservation

A serious but also blackly funny short story about old friendships, love and formaldehyde by one of New Zealand's most distinguished writers.

Preservation

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 1869799550

Page: 30

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A serious but also blackly funny short story about old friendships, love and formaldehyde by one of New Zealand's most distinguished writers. Now middle-aged, the one-time teenage rebels live staid, safe lives, while their friend Jan, who had been the good one of their pack, is now locked up in prison. With Jan's mother just dead, there is no one to organise the funeral except for her two old class mates. They agree to help, but Jan's request for a special dress for the corpse leads to a moral dilemma.

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.

Where Your Left Hand Rests

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Godwit Pub.

ISBN: 9781869621773

Page: 125

View: 292

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.

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.

All Day at the Movies

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 1775538915

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

The Dublin University Magazine

When the Clann Sighe come in crowds , All at once she heard a scream from And
sweep in rings round the floor , the boy , and when she turned , and And hold
their feast at the fire . ran to him , she found him in convul Restore the mortal child
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Rival Boy Sportsmen Or The Mink Lake Regatta

Then here she goes , ” and Harry took up a pen from the centre - table . As was to
be expected , he received many unsolicited suggestions , and was interrupted
times enough to anger any mortal boy under ordinary circumstances ; but on this
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Rival Boy Sportsmen  Or  The Mink Lake Regatta

Author: W. Gordon Parker

Publisher:

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Page: 363

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Fitful Gleams from Fancy land

The boy shuddered as a gleam of pure white light flashed before his eyes : for a
moment his new friend appeared ugly , his ... But nevertheless the mortal child
could not quite forget the pale blue canopy of heaven with its fleecy splendours of
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Fitful Gleams from Fancy land

Author: Edith Milner

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Page: 175

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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, ...

The Trouble With Fire

Author: Fiona Kidman

Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited

ISBN: 1869793609

Page: 304

View: 884

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.

The Australian Journal

No child By S. WELCH . reared beneath the roof of Sans Souci ' shall be taught to
believe in such gross shams as fairies . ... Punishment should befall any being
who quoth Mrs. Smith , severely , hinders the happiness of one mortal child I ...

The Australian Journal

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