Publications

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Cover for This Mortal Boy

This Mortal Boy
(fiction)
RHNZ Vintage (New Zealand), 2018

A novel based on real events and real people and the events that led to one of the last executions in New Zealand.
Albert Black, known as the ‘jukebox killer’, was only twenty when he was convicted of murdering another young man in a fight at a milk bar in Auckland on 26 July 1955. His crime fuelled growing moral panic about teenagers, and he was to hang less than five months later, the second-to-last person to be executed in New Zealand.

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A Day at the MoviesAll Day at the Movies
(fiction)
RHNZ Vintage (New Zealand), 2016
Life isn’t always like it appears in the movies. In 1952, Irene Sandle takes her young daughter to Motueka. Irene was widowed during the war and is seeking a new start and employment in the tobacco fields. There, she finds the reality of her life far removed from the glamour of the screen. Can there be romance and happy endings, or will circumstances repeat through the generations?

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9781775538554This Change in the Light: A collection of poems
(poetry)
RHNZ Godwit (New Zealand), 2016
Fiona Kidman’s exquisite and adroit poetry invites the reader into her life, introducing us to her family, friends and places she has loved. In turn it touches our own experiences, offering universal relevance and insight.

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Infinite AirThe Infinite Air
(fiction)
Vintage (New Zealand), 2013
Aviator extraordinaire and international icon, Jean Batten was as elusive as she was glamorous. One of the world’s most courageous and daring aviators, she broke “men’s records” and became a legend. But who was Jean Batten and why did she die in obscurity in Majorca; lost to the world and buried in a pauper’s grave until a film crew came looking for her, some five years after her death?

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The Trouble with Fire coverThe Trouble With Fire
(fiction)
Vintage (New Zealand), 2011
Eleven long stories make up this collection, linked by the theme of fire. Fire is a dangerous lurking event, which is also beautiful and alluring in its physical manifestation. Like memory, one is never sure when it will catch up with you. In several of these stories, the past captures the mostly female central characters and reveals different aspects of their lives and perspectives on how others see them. The book falls into three sections.

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Beside the Dark Pool coverBeside the Dark Pool
(memoir)
Vintage (New Zealand), 2009
Beside the Dark Pool is the second volume of a two part memoir, taking up the story of my life from 1980, where ‘At the end of Darwin Road‘ ends. The 1980s began in dramatic fashion with demonstrations against the Springbok ruby tour of New Zealand. My husband Ian and I were both caught up in these events, and Ian tells part of the story, in eye witness accounts, in the first two chapters.

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At the End of Darwin Road coverAt the End of Darwin Road
(memoir)
Vintage (New Zealand), 2008
At the end of Darwin Road is volume one of a two-volume memoir. In this book, I trace my early life in small town New Zealand. Born in Hawera to restless, hard-working parents, I follow our lives together through the Waikato, Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands, the Nova Scotian settlement of Waipu, and Rotorua.

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The Captive Wife coverThe Captive Wife
(novel)
Vintage (New Zealand), 2005. As Rescapeé Sabine Wespieser Editeur (France), 2006. As Lupta Cu Destinul Lidur (Romania) 2009
When Betty Guard steps ashore in Sydney, in 1834, she meets with a heroine’s welcome. Her survival during a four-month kidnapping ordeal amongst Taranaki Maori is hailed as nothing short of a miracle. But questions about what really happened slowly surface with in the elite governing circles of the raw new town of Sydney. Based on a true story.

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Songs from the Violet Cafe coverSongs from the Violet Café
(novel)
Vintage (New Zealand), 2003
Violet Trench is the autocratic owner of the Violet Café, located in a tourist town in the North Island. Her staff consists mostly of young girls who have difficult home lives. Violet believes she can make a difference to them. She rules them with a rod of iron, ‘for their own good’. Her cook is a beautiful slim-hipped young Chinese man, called John Wing Lee. It is here, and to these people, that Jessie Sandle, comes unexpectedly, one spring evening, ….

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Book of Secrets coverThe Book of Secrets
(novel)
1st pub Heinemann 1987. Continuously in print in various editions, currently Vintage (New Zealand)
In a creaking old house, in the Far North of New Zealand, lives an old woman called Maria, who some call the ‘witch of Waipu.’ It is more than fifty years since she has lived as part of the community. She is the last in a line of women
who have followed the Reverend Norman McLeod from Scotland to Nova Scotia to New Zealand, in the 1850s.

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