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This new novel from acclaimed Maori novelist Patricia Grace visits the complex world faced by men of the Maori Battalion in Italy during the Second World War. Tu (named after the Maori god of War), is the sole survivor of three brothers who went to war. When his niece & nephew co... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780143019206
Barcode 9780143019206
Published 29 October 2004 by Penguin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New title
Author(s) By Grace, Patricia

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ISBN-13 9780143019206
ISBN-10 0143019201
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books (NZ)
Publication Date 29 October 2004
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By Grace, Patricia
Category Award Winning
Novels, Other Prose & Writers
Second World War fiction
AU, NZ & South Pacific Books
New Zealand & Related
Award Winning Adult's Titles
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
Library of Congress Domestic fiction, Brothers, New Zealand, Maori (New Zealand people), World War, 1939-1945 - Participation, Maori
NBS Text War Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 236mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 380g
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

In this new novel acclaimed Maori novelist Patricia Grace visits the often terrifying and complex world faced by men of the Maori Battalion in Italy during the Second World War. Tu is proud of his name - the Maori god of war. But for the returned soldier there's a shadow over his own war experience with the Maori Battalion in Italy. Three young men from the one family went to war, but only one returned - Tu is the sole survivor. Now, when his young niece and nephew come to him to find out what happened, Tu is brought face to face with the past. What really happened to the three brothers as the Maori Battalion fought in the hills and valleys of Italy is contained in the pages of his war journal, and this he now decides to give to his niece and nephew. Patricia Grace has drawn on the war experiences of her father and other relatives and ventured into new territory by writing about the world of war and soldiers. The result is a novel of great authenticity and high drama from one of our finest storytellers.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Fiction Category 2005 -- Winner of Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers' Choice Award 2005 -- Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Deutz Medal for Fiction 2005 -- Short-listed for Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book of the Decade 2009

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Author's Bio

Patricia Grace is one of New Zealand's most celebrated writers. She has published six novels and seven short story collections, as well as a number of books for children and non-fiction. She won the New Zealand Fiction Award for Potiki in 1987, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2001 with Dogside Story, which also won the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Fiction Prize. Her children's story The Kuia and the Spider won Children's Picture Book of the Year. Patricia was born in Wellington and lives in Plimmerton on ancestral land, in close proximity to her home marae at Hongoeka Bay. Previous novels by Patricia Grace- Mutuwhenua- The Moon Sleeps, Potiki, Cousins, Baby No-eyes, Dogside Story, Tu. Short story collections- Waiariki, The Dream Sleepers and Other Stories, Electric City and Other Stories, Selected Stories, Collected Stories, The Sky People, Small Holes in the Silence. Books for children- The Kuia and the Spider/Te Kuia me te Pungawerewere, Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street/Te Tuna Watakirihi me Nga Tamariki o te Tiriti o Toa, The Trolley, Areta and the Kahawai, Maraea and the Albatrosses. Non-fiction- Wahine Toa, Ned & Katina- a True Love Story.

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