Oracles & Miracles

Oracles & Miracles

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Oracles and Miracles is Stevan Eldred-Grigg's best-selling debut novel about Ginnie and Fag, twin sisters growing up in Christchurch in the thirties and forties, a city of 'peeling paint, flaking iron, cracked linoleum, dusty yards, lean-tos, and asphalts, dunnies and textile mills'. This colourful story focuses on the relationship between the girls as they grow into women and their attempt to escape their impoverished background. The story is alternatively narrated by the eloquent Fag and the sensitive Ginnie, as well as sections told by an historian and industrial psychologist. Oracles and Miracles is a much admired book that readers have loved for the past 20 years, identifying strongly with Ginnie and Fag and their efforts to make their way in the world. It has been adapted for radio and the stage.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 133 x 200 x 19mm | 252g
  • Penguin Group (NZ)
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 0143007335
  • 9780143007333

About Stevan Eldred-Grigg

Stevan Eldred-Grigg is a novelist, short story writer, essayist, biographer and historian, who has been lauded as 'a natural story-teller' (Metro). Born by mistake in the Grey Valley, New Zealand, in 1952, he grew up and was educated in Canterbury, New Zealand, and Canberra, Australia. He gained an MA in History from the University of Canterbury, and then obtained a PhD at the Australian National University in Canberra. Few contemporary New Zealand or Australian novelists have written about subjects so varied and challenging - and in such a variety of genres and styles. A key focus in his writing has been on class and on his home region of Canterbury. His first novel, Oracles and Miracles, was published in New Zealand in 1987 and won second place in the 1988 Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Awards. It was subsequently adapted for stage and radio, and was also the first major novel by a living New Zealand writer to be published in China - the Chinese translation being published under the title Sheng Xian Qi Ji. This was followed by a number of other novels, including the riveting Shanghai Boy. Stevan's latest novel, Bangs, is the fourth book in what has become a family saga over three generations, beginning with Oracles and Miraclesand continuing in The Shining City and Mum. As a historian hshow more