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All Day at the Movies

A Day at the MoviesAll Day at the Movies

Random House New Zealand Vintage, 2016

Winner New Zealand Heritage Prize for Fiction 2016
The Spinoff’s Top New Zealand Novel for 2016
Listener Best 100 Books for 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?

Each subsequent episode in this poignant work follows family secrets and the dynamics of Irene’s children. The story doesn’t just track their lives, but also New Zealand itself as its attitudes and opportunities change — and reverberate — through the decades.



Reviews and media:

‘I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have ever read.  I began to read it on a Sunday morning around 11:30 and finished it at 7:48 the same evening. I couldn’t put it down.’ —Lesley Vlietstra

Read the full review from Booksellers New Zealand 


‘This book should be compulsory reading for all politicians, judges, social workers; in fact anyone who has anything to do with managing the lives of others.’ —Ruth Brassington

Read the full review from Scoop Review of Books