Publisher: Chatto & Windus (2007), London
Publication Date: 2007
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed By Author
Edition: First Edition
A novel of small-town New Zealand life between the wars. The author is a Kiwi, now living in London. First Edition. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author. Bookseller Inventory # 4599
Synopsis: A novel of small-town life, where the stifling culture of correctness crushes the unorthodox like a dead hand. Needless to say, just under the surface there is a tumult of rebellion, in this enjoyable novel set in New Zealand between the wars.
About the Author: Judy Corbalis was born and brought up in New Zealand. She now lives in London with her husband the admired sculptor, Phillip King, who recently served as President of the Royal Academy. She trained at RADA, and has worked in TV and fringe and community theatre. Her children's books have been published by Deutsch, Hodder and Scholastic - children love them for their humour and the fact that no character behaves as expected. Judy Corbalis is a graduate of the famous MA course for creative writing at the university of East Anglia. Her adult novel Tapu (Chatto and Vintage) was highly praised in Britain and New Zealand. In it, she brilliantly created an original 'voice' and a unique language for the illiterate wife of a missionary. Tapu (which is the Maori word for taboo) is a historical novel about the clash between the English Christians (who thought the Maoris were savages whom they had come to evangelise) and the native Maoris (who equally regarded the white men as monsters).
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