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This Mortal Boy (Paperback)
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This Mortal Boy (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 01/08/2019
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Winner of The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2019 Winner of the New Zealand Booklovers Prize for Fiction 2019 Winner of the NZ Heritage Book Awards 2018

'Kidman's prose is precise, detailed, lyric... The fluencies and hard-won command of a good writer bring out their own truth' Irish Times

'A beautiful writer' The Times

The offender is not one of ours. It is unfortunate that we got this undesirable from his homeland.

Auckland, October 1955. If young Paddy Black sings to himself he can almost see himself back home in Belfast. Yet, less than two years after sailing across the globe in search of a better life, here he stands in a prison cell awaiting trial for murder. He pulled a knife at the jukebox that night, but should his actions lead him to the gallows? As his desperate mother waits on, Paddy must face a judge and jury unlikely to favour an outsider, as a wave of moral panic sweeps the island nation.

Fiona Kidman's powerful novel explores the controversial topic of the death penalty with characteristic empathy and a probing eye for injustice.

Publisher: Gallic Books
ISBN: 9781910709580
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

WINNER OF THE OCKHAM NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS 2019

WINNER OF THE NEW ZEALAND BOOKLOVERS PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019

WINNER OF THE NZ HERITAGE BOOK AWARDS 2018

'Kidman's prose is precise, detailed, lyric... The fluencies and hard-won command of a good writer bring out their own truth' Irish Times

'Powerfully explores the ways that young men and women... were demonised by politicians... a really moving book' @SamiraAhmed

'In This Mortal Boy, Fiona Kidman has written an intensely human and empathetic story' The Ockham Book Awards

'Utterly gripping and tense... This is an excoriating repudiation of the death penalty not because it is emotional but because it is cool, analytical, evidence based and well reasoned' NB

'This Mortal Boy is a simple riveting and compulsive page-turner of a read from beginning to end' Midwest Review of Books

'Like Hilary Mantel, she writes with acute observation and attention to detail, getting inside the skin of her characters to establish a deeper truth about their thoughts and feelings than any official record can' New Zealand Books

`Believable, insightful ... an important book' Australian Women's Weekly

`A tale about violent acts that is infused with humanity and compassion' New Zealand Listener

Praise for All Day at the Movies:

`It is a universal and honest book and one I'm sure you'll want to share and discuss. (...) What you get when reading All Day at the Movies is an intimate portrait of one family over time, trying to reach back to the past for some fragment of understanding' San Francisco Book Review
`A credible reflection of real life with many relatable issues, All Day at the Movies proves that Kidman is a masterful storyteller' The Lady
`A truly gifted writer. She explores the subtleties of human interaction and family with a deft and insightful hand' Trip Fiction

Praise for Songs from the Violet Cafe:

`Kidman, a poet, is a beautiful writer' The Times
`Readers are in good hands; like all Kidman's writing, it is engaging and captivating' The Lady
`Absorbing and fearlessly written. Beautifully executed!' Caroline Wallace, author of The Drowning of Arthur Braxton
`Fiona Kidman has written a subtle, intensely wrought novel of echoes and shadows falling across decades and continents. The interwoven lives emerge and disappear with the abrupt clarity of memory. Stark and unsentimental in its acceptance of dependence, warm and haunting about lives never quite -but almost-reclaimed' Janet Todd, author of A Man of Genius

Praise for The Infinite Air:

`A fascinating read' Red Magazine
`A gripping historical read' Woman's Own
`A thrilling tale of adventure and heartbreak - Kidman has triumphantly brought this inspirational heroine to life' The Lady
`The extraordinary story of an extraordinary woman' Irish News
`Remarkable' Saturday Magazine

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