Author(s): Lloyd Jones
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2007
Winner of the Montana Medal for Fiction 2007
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2007
Winner of the Kiriyama Writers' Prize 2008
Lloyd Jones' new novel is set mainly in a small village on Bougainville, a country torn apart by civil war.
Matilda attends the school set up by Mr Watts, the only white man on the island. By his own admission he's not much of a teacher and proceeds to educate the children by reading them Great Expectations. Matilda falls in love with the novel, strongly identifying with Pip. The promise of the next chapter is what keeps her going; Pip's story protects her from the horror of what is happening around her - helicopters menacing the skies above the village and rebel raids on the ground. When the rebels visit the village searching for any remaining men to join their cause, they discover the name Pip written in the sand and instigate a search for him. When Pip can't be found the soldiers destroy the book. Mr Watts then encourages the children to retell the story from their memories. Then when the rebels invade the village, the teacher tells them a story which lasts seven nights, about a boy named Pip, and a convict . . .
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One of the biggest novels ever published in New Zealand, and a bestseller throughout the world.
Lloyd Jones' dazzling novel has been acclaimed throughout the world as a love song to the power of the imagination and of storytelling. It shows how books can change lives.
First published 2006.
Winner of Commonwealth Writers' Prize Overall Best Book 2007 and Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Readers' Choice Award 2007 and Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Deutz Medal for Fiction 2007 and Commonwealth Writer's Prize Best Book South East Asia and South Pacific 2007 and Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize - Fiction 2008 and Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Fiction Category 2007. Shortlisted for Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers' Choice Award 2007 and Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2007.
As well as being a prolific novelist, Lloyd has published essays and children's books. His best known works include 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 and Mister Pip, winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Montana Medal for Fiction or Poetry, and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.