Author(s): Fiona Kidman
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.