The Book Of Fame

The Book Of Fame

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Told in prose that excites and challenges, Jones' novel offers a meditation on the curious workings of fame as well as an exploration into the national myth of the first celebrated New Zealanders. In 1905 a motley group of young New Zealand rugby players sets out by steamer on a journey to the other side of the world. A year later most of them are back. Bearing scars of illness and injury they are accorded a hero's welcome the like of which has never been seen in their country before. Their fame has spread before them across three continents. They are the headlines of the day. Only gradually do they understand how, and why, they should thus be chosen. In this hugely affecting account of innocence abroad, Lloyd Jones uses his characters' collective voice to trace their rise from obscurity to kingly fame. Told in prose that excites and challenges at every turn, Jones' novel offers a meditation on the curious workings of fame as well as an exploration into the national myth of the first celebrated New Zealanders. The Book of Fame won the Deutz Medal for Fiction in the 2001 Montana Book Awards and the Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize in 2003.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 138 x 205 x 25mm | 415g
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 0143573799
  • 9780143573791

About Lloyd Jones

Lloyd Jones is one of New Zealand's best known contemporary writers. He has published essays and children's books but his best known works include the novels The Book of Fame, winner of numerous literary awards, Biografi, a New York Times Notable Book, Choo Woo, Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance, Paint Your Wife, Hand Me Down World and the phenomenally successful Mister Pip, winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Montana Medal for Fiction and the Kiriyama Writers' Prize.Mister Pip was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007. He lives in the Wairarapa.
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