Hokitika Town

Hokitika Town

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'I always been a coin boy ...' Hokitika, 1865, at the height of the Gold Rush. In a town with a hundred pubs, young Halfie - aka Harvey, Thumbsucker, Bedwetter, Cocoa and Pipsqueak - gets by as best he can. Most of the time he hangs around the Bathsheba pub, washing dishes, running errands and making the odd coin - and observing from close quarters the parade of miners, dancing girls, petty crims and plain drunks that passes through the doors. When you're a coin boy you see a lot of life, and from low down. But how much do you really understand? What's going on in young Halfie's world? In this beguiling new novel by the author of The Curative, a rattling good yarn reveals that life is rarely what it seems. 'Among our contemporary writers of adult fiction, only Elizabeth Knox can match Charlotte Randall for the sheer scope of her imagination.' - New Zealand Listener
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 133 x 199 x 20mm | 266g
  • Penguin Group (NZ)
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 0143565397
  • 9780143565390

About Charlotte Randall

Charlotte Randall is an award-winning author. Her first novel, Dead Sea Fruit, won the South East Asian/South Pacific section of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best first book and the Reed Fiction Award in 1995. Her second novel, The Curative, was joint-runner-up for the Deutz Medal for Fiction at the 2001 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. What Happen Then, Mr Bones? was a finalist for the same award in 2005. Her latest novel, The Bright Side of My Condition, was a finalist for the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards Prize for Fiction. Randall was born and raised in Dunedin, New Zealand, and now lives on Banks Peninsula near Christchurch.
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