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About the AuthorLloyd Jones was born in New Zealand in 1955. His best-known novel is "Mister Pip," which won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the 2008 Kiriyama Prize Fiction Category, the 2008 Montana Award for Readers Choice, the Montana Fiction Award and the Montana Medal for Fiction or Poetry. It was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and has been made into a major feature film, directed by Andrew Adamson ("Shrek" and "Narnia"). His other books include "Hand Me Down World," "The Book of Fame" —which won the Deutz Medal for Fiction at the 2001 Montana New Zealand Book Awards and the Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize— "Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance" and "Biografi." He has also published a collection of short stories, "The Man in the Shed." Lloyd Jones lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
Author 1Lloyd Jones
Book DescriptionThis is a story about a woman. And the truck driver who mistook her for a prostitute. The old man she robbed and the hunters who smuggled her across the border. The woman whose name she stole, the wife who turned a blind eye. This is the story of a mother searching for her child. This is a novel you cannot stop thinking about.
FormatPaperback
Editorial ReviewIt's hard to imagine how a writer so accomplished could have written so many works of fiction - eleven to date - before gaining anything like the recognition he deserves. Lloyd Jones's last novel, the wonderful Mister Pip, was short-listed for the Man Booker in 2007 and won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize. Taken together with his new novel, we surely have sufficient evidence to trumpet Lloyd Jones as one of the most significant novelists writing today Sunday Times Humane and moving, it's a worthy successor to Jones's last novel, the Booker-shortlisted Mister Pip Daily Mail Praise for Mister Pip --- 'Lloyd Jones brings to life the transformative power of fiction ... The experience of reading in this book is tangible ...This is a beautiful book. It is tender, multi-layered and redemptive' Sunday Times 'It's clear from the first page that this is prize-winning stuff... Being a truthful writer, Jones sees nothing neither his heroes nor his villains in black and white. His is a bold inquiry into the way that we construct and repair our communities, and ourselves, with stories old and new' The Times 'In this dazzling story-within-a-story, Jones has created a microcosm of post-colonial literature, hybridising the narratives of back and white races to create a new and resonant fable ... There is a fittingly dreamy lyrical quality to Jones's writing, along with an acute ear for the earthly harmonies of village speech ... Mister Pip is the first of Jones's six novels to have travelled from his native New Zealand to the UK. It is so hoped that it won't be the last' Observer 'Mister Pip is a poignant and impressive work which can take its place alongside the classical novels of adolescence' Times Literary Supplement 'Morally subtle, Mister Pip has none of arid cleverness that often mars novels about books, making it a worthy winner of this year's Commonwealth Writers' Prize' Daily Mail 'Darker and more morally complex than it appears ... Lloyd Jones gives the tired post-colonial themes of self-reinvention and the reinterpretation of classic texts a fresh, ingenious twist but his real achievement is bringing life and depth to his characters' Sunday Telegraph 'An intelligent novel that says as much about the power of reading as it does about bloodshed and loss' New Statesman 'Mister Pip is a powerful and humane novel from one of New Zealand's top writers' Financial Times Magazine 'Rarely ... can any novel have combined charm, horror and uplift in quite such superabundance' D. J. Taylor, Independent 'Jones proves sly, engaging, worth-reading and even re-reading' London Review of Books 'Haunting and morally complex, the novel deserves its place on the list and would make a worthy winner' Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times 'Cleverly encapsulating what it is to be an orphan, an immigrant or a person dispossessed of a regular beat of life, this extraordinary story...' Good Housekeeping 'Exotic locations add a dreamy quality to ... Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones ... Jones' lyrical novel centres around a group of children in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, during the civil war in the Nineties' Vogue 'A novel that, with amplitude and ease, affirms the acts of reading and writing as precious pursuits, as acts of survival, escape, renewal' Scotsman A captivating read Metro London 'Magical and enchanting' Woman Magazine 'Mister Pip is a traditional novel, but it also topical ... Regardless of who wins on October 16th. Mister Pip, through the simplicity and candour of Matilda's singular narrative voice, may prove the most difficult to forget' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times 'It's a wonderfully refreshing book which gives you much to think about long after finishing' Psychologies A book to be admired, to be discussed, to be treasured... I was moved. I was enthralled. This is a writer who knows how to tell a story, deftly, surprisingly, magnificently NZ Herald
LanguageEnglish
Number of Pages320
Publication Date1/11/2010
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