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The Larnachs

The Larnachs (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Marshall, Owen

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'Dougie's story and mine is not told in the history of William Larnach. It is our private journey, and only we understand how it came about; only we know the fitness and the wonder of it.' William James Mudie Larnach's name resonates in New Zealand history - the self-made man who... built the famous 'castle' on Otago Peninsula, the politician who shot himself in Parliament in October 1898. He was driven to suicide by financial ruin, and by the discovery that his much younger third wife, Constance de Bathe Brandon, was having an affair with his son, Douglas. And it is the story of Conny and Dougie that lies at the heart of Owen Marshall's subtle and compelling new novel. The socially restrictive world of late nineteenth-century Dunedin and Wellington springs vividly to life as Marshall traces the deepening love between stepmother and stepson, and the slow disintegration of the domineering yet vulnerable figure of Larnach himself. Can love ever really be its own world, free of morality and judgement and scandal? Moving, thought-provoking and superbly written, The Larnachs is a memorable piece of fiction from one of our wisest authors.
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ISBN 9781869794972
Published NZ 15 Sep 2011
Publisher Random House
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781869794972
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Random House
Imprint Vintage New Zealand
Published 15 Sep 2011
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Marshall, Owen
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 293
Dimensions Width: 134mm
Height: 220mm
Spine: 21mm
Dewey Code 820
Weight 410g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Larnach, William James Mudie
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade