The Captive Wife
When Betty Guard steps ashore in Sydney in 1834, she meets with a heroine’s welcome — as befits a brave young woman who has survived being kidnapped by Taranaki Maori. But questions about Betty and her husband Jacky, a convict turned whaler, trouble the governing elite of the raw new town. Based on true events, this is the compelling story of love and duty, and of the quest for freedom in a pioneering age. A runner-up in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards Fiction section 2006 & Winner of the Readers' Choice First published 2005
Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Readers' Choice Award 2006. Runner-up for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Fiction Category 2006.
Fiona Kidman was born in 1940. She has worked as a librarian, creative writing teacher, radio producer and critic, but primarily as a writer. To date she has published over 20 books, including novels, poetry, non-fiction and a play. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships and was created a Dame (DNZM) in 1998 in recognition of her contribution to literature.