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A Conversation with my Country

A Conversation with my Country
  

"Returned from living in France, he views his country with fresh eyes, as it is now: homing in on the crises in parenting, our prisons, education and welfare systems, and a growing culture of entitlement that entraps Pakeha and Mori alike"--Publisher information.

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ISBN 9780143773269
Barcode 9780143773269
Release Date 2 July 2019 by Random House
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Duff, Alan
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ISBN-13 9780143773269
ISBN-10 0143773267
Stock Release date is 2 July 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Random House
Imprint Random House New Zealand Ltd
Release Date 2 July 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Duff, Alan
Category Biography & Autobiography
Social Issues
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Maori
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 154mm
Height: 232mm
Spine: 27mm
Weight 352g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Culture & Media: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 306.0993
Catalogue Code 979596

Description of this Book

A personal account reviewing an eventful life and an amazing country. Following Once Were Warriors, Alan Duff wrote his hard-hitting book Maori- The Crisis and the Challenge in 1993. His controversial comments shook the country. A quarter of a century later, New Zealand and Maoridom are in a very different place. And so is Alan - he has since published many more books, had two films made of his works, founded a literacy programme, Duffy Books in Homes, and has endured 'some less inspiring moments, including bankruptcy'. Returned from living in France, he sees his country with fresh eyes. Never one to shy away from being a whetstone on which others can sharpen their own opinions, Alan tells it how he sees it.

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Author's Bio

Alan Duff was born in Rotorua in 1950. He has written novels, including Once Were Warriors, One Night Out Stealing and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, a novella (State Ward), several children's books and a number of non-fiction works. Once Were Warriors won the Pen Best First Book of Fiction Award and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? won the Montana New Zealand Book Award for Fiction. Both novels were made into internationally acclaimed films. Duff was the driving force behind the Books in Homes scheme, which, with commercial sponsorship and government support, aims to break the cycle of illiteracy, poverty, anger and violence among underprivileged children by providing books for them to own. The New Zealand Listener claimed that Duff's debut, Once Were Warriors, 'bursts upon the literary landscape with all the noise and power of a new volcano', while acclaimed writer Witi Ihimaera wrote, 'This is the Haka, the rage of a people who, yes, once were warriors . . . A kick to the guts of New Zealand's much-vaunted pride in its Maori/Pakeha race relations. A breathless fearless debut.' The Sydney Morning Herald regarded the sequel, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, as 'a masterpiece'- 'powerful, authentic, moving, brilliantly written . . . a profound and passionate novel . . . a memorable experience'. The Australian praised its 'universal truths to be savoured for their poetic insight', while the Canberra Times called it 'a brilliant work . . . poetic and full of hope'. The New Zealand Listener wrote that What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? 'carries the story on with doubled brilliance. The new book is just as dynamic, just as in-your-face as the first one, but less violent, more layered, more fundamentally thoughtful and challenging.'

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