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The Tally Stick

The Tally Stick (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Nixon, Carl

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A compulsive and chilling novel about subjugation, survival and the meaning of family. The car containing the four sleeping children left the earth. From the top of the wooded bluff, where the rain-slick road had curved so treacherously, down to the swollen river at the base of t...he cliff, was easily sixty feet. There was no moon that night, only low, leaden cloud clogging the sky. As if suspended, the car hung in the air for a fraction - of a fraction - of a moment . . . John Chamberlain has brought his family to New Zealand from the UK. Before he starts his new job, he takes them on a driving holiday. The car skids over the road and hurtles off a cliff. The year is 1978. In 2010 the remains of John's older son have been discovered in a remote part of the West Coast, showing he lived for four years after the family disappeared. Found alongside him are his father's watch and what turns out to be a tally stick, a piece of wood scored across, marking items of debt. How had he survived and then died? Where was the rest of his family? And what did the tally stick signify?
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ISBN 9780143774761
Published NZ 4 Aug 2020
Publisher Random House
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780143774761
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Random House
Imprint Vintage New Zealand
Published 4 Aug 2020
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 3 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Nixon, Carl
Category Modern Fiction
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 231mm
Spine: 20mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 376g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade