Purgatory

Purgatory

Book - 2014
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"You don't want to be digging there,' Ma says like he can hear her. No one can hear her, just us boys. We're the dead Finnegans - Ma, Thomas, Ben and me. Ten-year-old John Finnegan can't leave his garden. Ever since they were murdered he, his brothers and his ma have been stuck there, caught between the worlds of the living and the dead. Unseen and unnoticed, he watches the events after his life unfold - including the actions of his murderer. James Stack is born dirt-poor on an Irish tenant farm and the great famine shadows his childhood. But his clever sister's lace making may save the family - until Aileen is sent to the other side of the world on a convict ship. To save her, James joins the redcoats and follows her across dangerous waters to a hopeful new land. But can he ever leave the death and hunger of his homeland behind?
Publisher: Auckland, New Zealand :, Penguin,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780143571025
Branch Call Number: HISTORICAL
Characteristics: 327 pages ;,20 cm

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Lyrical, gripping and faithful to the true story of the 1865 Otahuhu murders. Told from the point of view of the murdered John Finnigan and his family as they haunt the backyard of their house, where their murderer still lives... It’s a portrait of a family’s battle for survival that spans the gl... Read More »

The story of a family murdered and hidden; given an unholy burial in the garden of their own home. The unresting spirit of the youngest boy rises up to tell his tale... and point the finger. A great story, all the better for its unique point of view. Based on the real murder of a family in Otahuh... Read More »


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