Reviews for At the end of Darwin Road

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“Fiona Kidman finds the extraordinary in the ordinary, taking her fairly conventional Kiwi life and spinning it into gold.” Margie Thomson, Next

“The more I read, the more I realized, that this book is so much more than the story of one of our celebrated writers – it is a social commentary of the times as well as a very honest personal account of Kidman’s experiences. She pulls no punches, doesn’t pretend that life is always easy, nor does she reveal any tendency to self-pity on these pages.”  Mandy Evans Marlborough Express

“She moves beyond family history to share reflections on 45 years as a modern woman writer, stating that: “What I have to tell is largely a personal narrative about how I came to inhabit a fictional world.’ This is like the autobiography of Mansfield that we do not have….Kidman also celebrates the significance of her very special partner (Ian Kidman), gives bracing insights into adopting children and acknowledges female role models.”  Bruce Harding The Press, Christchurch

“In this book, At The end of Darwin Road, we have Fiona’s own revelation of the person behind the writing – and as would be expected it is original but not self absorbed, honest without parading the sensational, or showing vindictiveness. It is reflective, perceptive and encompasses all aspects of life, not just artistic concerns. It is a story fascinating in itself, but also one that gives us a greater understanding of her writing. It is a story in which many women in particular will see reflections of themselves.” Owen Marshall, launching At the end of Darwin Road at Circa Theare, March 14 2008

“Frank, revealing, engaging, compelling, fascinating.” Graham Beattie Beattie’s Book Blog