The Bone People
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The Bone People

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Winner of the Booker Prize in 1985, The Bone People is the story of Kerewin, a despairing part-Maori artist who is convinced that her solitary life is the only way to face the world. Her cocoon is rudely blown away by the sudden arrival during a rainstorm of Simon, a mute six-year-old whose past seems to hold some terrible trauma. In his wake comes his foster-father Joe, a Maori factory worker with a nasty temper.

The narrative unravels to reveal the truths that lie behind these three characters, and in so doing displays itself as a huge, ambitious work that tackles the clash between Maori and European characters in beautiful prose of a heartrending poignancy.

'In this novel, New Zealand's people, its heritage and landscape are conjured up with uncanny poetry and perceptiveness' Sunday Times
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Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 35mm | 374g
  • Picador
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed
  • 0330485415
  • 9780330485418
  • 15,783

Review quote

'In this novel, New Zealand's people, its heritage and landscape are conjured up with uncanny poetry and perceptiveness' Sunday Times
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About Keri Hulme

Keri Hulme has Kai Tahu, Orkney Island and English ancestry and lives on the West Coast, South Island, Aotearoa - New Zealand. She is a writer and painter, author books including short stories, poetry and essays - and a libretto. Her first novel The Bone People won the Booker Prize in 1985.
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Rating details

20,528 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 41% (8,480)
4 33% (6,854)
3 17% (3,446)
2 6% (1,192)
1 3% (556)
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