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This Mortal Boy

This Mortal Boy
 

"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 seco... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780143771807
Barcode 9780143771807
Published 2 July 2018 by Random House
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Kidman, Fiona
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ISBN-13 9780143771807
ISBN-10 0143771809
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Random House
Imprint Vintage New Zealand
Publication Date 2 July 2018
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Kidman, Fiona
Category Modern Fiction
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 233mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 410g
Dewey Code 823.2
Catalogue Code 899034

Description of this Book

An utterly compelling recreation and exploration of the murder 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 in a milk bar in Auckland on 26 July 1955. His crime fuelled 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 really a love crime, was it really a sign of juvenile delinquency? Or does this dark episode in our recent history say more about this country and 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.

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Author's Bio

Fiona Kidman has published over 30 books, including novels, poetry, non-fiction and a play. She has worked as a librarian, radio producer and critic, and as a scriptwriter for radio, television and film. The New Zealand Listener wrote- 'In her craft and her storytelling and in her compassionate gutsy tough expression of female experience, she is the best we have.' She has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships; in more recent years The Captive Wife was runner-up for the Deutz Medal for Fiction and was joint-winner of the Readers' Choice Award in the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards, and her short story collection The Trouble with Fire was shortlisted for both the NZ Post Book Awards and the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award. She was created a Dame (DNZM) in 1998 in recognition of her contribution to literature, and more recently a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour. 'We cannot talk about writing in New Zealand without acknowledging her,' wrote New Zealand Books. 'Kidman's accessible prose and the way she shows (mainly) women grappling to escape from restricting social pressures has guaranteed her a permanent place in our fiction.'

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