The Book of Secrets

Author(s): Fiona Kidman

NZ Fiction

In 1854, a group of settlers established a community at Waipu in the northern part of New Zealand. They were led there by a stern preacher, Norman McLeod. The community had followed him from Scotland in 1817 to found a settlement in Nova Scotia, then subsequently to New Zealand via Australia. Their incredible journeys actually happened, but Fiona Kidman breaths life and contemporary relevance into the facts by creating a remarkable fictional story of three women entangled in the migrations - Isabella, her daughter Annie and granddaughter Maria. McLeod's harsh leadership meant that anyone who ran counter to him had to live a life of secrets. The 'secrets' encapsulated the spirit of these women in their varied reactions to McLeod's strict edicts and connect the past to the present and future.


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Dame Fiona Kidman is one of New Zealand's most distinguished writers. The author of 20 books, she has been awarded a number of major prizes and fellowships and was the Katherine Mansfield Fellow in Menton, France , in 2006. She lives in Wellington with her husband, Ian.

The house; Maria - telling it, 1953; Isabella, 1812-20; Annie, 1838-55; Maria, 1898-1953.

General Fields

  • : 9781869412197
  • : Random House New Zealand
  • : Vintage New Zealand
  • : 0.0
  • : March 1994
  • : 200mm X 135mm X 25mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Fiona Kidman
  • : Paperback
  • : 823
  • : very good
  • : 312
  • : 1 map