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The Bone People

Keri Hulme

Winner of the Booker Prize in 1985, The Bone People is the story of Kerewin, a despairing part-Maori artist who is convinced that her solitary life is the only way to face the world. Her cocoon is rudely blown away by the sudden arrival during a rainstorm of Simon, a mute six-year-old whose past seems to hold some terrible trauma. In his wake comes his foster-father Joe, a Maori factory worker with a nasty temper.

The narrative unravels to reveal the truths that lie behind these three characters, and in so doing displays itself as a huge, ambitious work that tackles the clash between Maori and European characters in beautiful prose of a heartrending poignancy.

'In this novel, New Zealand's people, its heritage and landscape are conjured up with uncanny poetry and perceptiveness' Sunday Times

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978033048541802
Published: 09/11/2001

Keri Hulme

Keri Hulme

Keri Hulme has Kai Tahu, Orkney Island and English ancestry and lives on the West Coast, South Island, Aotearoa – New Zealand. She is a painter and author of books including short stories, poetry and essays – and a libretto. Her first novel The Bone People won the Booker Prize in 1985.

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