The Singing Whakapapa

The Singing Whakapapa

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The Singing Whakpapa is a tale for our time - a compelling historical detective story in which the truth is stranger than any fiction, and in which the present becomes a backseat driver to the past.What is the truth of history, what are the facts - and how are we to know them? This powerful novel is the story of John Flatt - missionary agriculturalist, witness to Waharoa's war of the 1830s against the Arawa, to the murder of the young woman Tarore and to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi - and his great-great-grandson Hugh Grady, who more than a hundred-and-fifty years later tried to make sense of his own life by exploring all that has gone before. It is a story laced with passion, betrayal and revenge, at many levels, as greed overtakes good intentions and the cloak of history is pulled aside.
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Penguin Books, 1994.
ISBN: 9780140238532
0140238530
9780143573777
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 298 p. :,geneal. table ;,20 cm.

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A sprawling and darkly intriguing detective novel full of avarice, betrayal, and murder. Winner of the 1995 New Zealand Book Awards, this story of one family in the New Zealand wars is by far one of the giants of New Zealand literature.

A sprawling and darkly intriguing historical detective novel full of avarice, betrayal, and murder. A modern-day man examines the life of his ancestor– a farming missionary who has witnessed pivotal events in New Zealand's history, including a Māori war, The signing of The Treaty of Waitangi and ... Read More »


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