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The Captive Wife

The Captive Wife

A compellingy tale of marriage, love and duty set in Australia and New Zealand during the time of the Maori Wars. Based on real events, this is Betty Guard's story. Her survival during a 4 month kidnapping ordeal amongst the Taranaki Maori is hailed as a miracle when she steps as... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781869416867
Barcode 9781869416867
Published 12 August 2005 by Random House
Format Paperback, New title
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Author(s) By Kidman, Fiona
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ISBN-13 9781869416867
ISBN-10 1869416864
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Random House
Imprint Vintage New Zealand
Publication Date 12 August 2005
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By Kidman, Fiona
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 133mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 24mm
Weight 341g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress History, Whalers (Persons), Maori (New Zealand people), New Zealand, 1840-1876
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.2
Catalogue Code 15907

Description of this Book

When Betty Guard steps ashore in Sydney, in 1834, she meets with a heroine's welcome. Her survival during a four-month kidnapping ordeal amongst Taranaki Maori is hailed as nothing short of a miracle. But questions about what really happened slowly surface within the elite governing circles of the raw new town of Sydney. Jacky Guard, ex-convict turned whaler, had taken Betty as his wife to his New Zealand whaling station when she was fourteen. After several years and two children, the family is returning from a visit to Sydney when their barque is wrecked near Mount Taranaki. A battle with local Maori follows, and Betty and her children are captured. Her husband goes to seek a ransom, but instead England engages in its first armed conflict with New Zealand Maori when he is persuaded to return with two naval ships. After her violent rescue, Betty's life amongst the tribe comes under intense scrutiny. Based on real events, this is the compelling story of a marriage, of love and duty, and the quest for freedom in a pioneering age.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Readers' Choice Award 2006 -- Runner-up for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Fiction Category 2006 -- Short-listed for Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers' Choice Award 2006

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Author's Bio

Fiona Kidman has published over 20 books, including novels, poetry, non-fiction and a play. She has worked as a librarian, creative writing teacher, radio producer and critic, scriptwriter for radio, television and film, but primarily as a writer. 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 in the 2006 Montana Book Awards Deutz Medal for Fiction, and her short story collection The Trouble with Fire was shortlisted for both the NZ Post Book Awards and the Frank O'Connor 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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