The Book of Secrets

The Book of Secrets

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In the 1850s, 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, and in this winner of the New Zealand Book Awards, Fiona Kidman breathes 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.
Publisher: London ; Auckland [N.Z.] : Heinemann, c1987.
ISBN: 9780434392018
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 274 p. :,map ;,25 cm.


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Winner of the 1988 New Zealand Book Award for Fiction and based on the true story of Norman McLeod, a Scottish preacher who led a band of immigrants to Nova Scotia and then to Waipu in the Bay of Islands. A charismatic and tyrannical figure, McLeod is then challenged by three generations of women... Read More »

A novalised account of a tyrannical Scottish preacher bringing his followers to settle in Waipu New Zealand via Nova Scotia and Australia, and the consequences for three subsequent generations of women. A fascinating read. Other great Fiona Kidman titles available in e-book format.

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