The Skinny Louie Book (Penguin Award Winning Classics)
The Skinny Louie Book won the 1993 New Zealand Book Award for Fiction. Skinny Louie, daughter of Shanghai Lil, has a baby in the Begonia House on the day of the royal visit. Maura finds the baby and takes it home. Tia grows up with magical powers into the brave new world of the twenty-first century. Fiona Farrell's first novel - always moving, often hilarious - is a breathtakingly accomplished debut. It presents a head-on confrontation with a New Zealand psyche rarely found in history books.
Fiona Farrell was born in Oamaru. She has worked as an editor, teacher and writer in Canada, France and New Zealand and now lives with her partner on Banks Peninsula. Fiona's poetry and short stories have been widely published, and a number of plays performed. She is the author of a collection of poetry, Cutting Out, and a collection of short stories, The Rock Garden. Her novel The Skinny Louie Book, published by Penguin in 1992, won the fiction section of the New Zealand Book Awards in 1993. Fiona has also received an Arts Council Scholarship in Letters, in 1991, and in 1995 she was the Katherine Mansfield Memorail Fellow in Menton, France.