The Bone People

The Bone People: Winner of the Booker Prize

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 09/11/2001
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Winner of the Booker Prize in 1985

The Bone People is the story of Kerewin, a despairing part-Maori artist who is convinced that her solitary life is the only way to face the world. Her cocoon is rudely blown away by the sudden arrival during a rainstorm of Simon, a mute six-year-old whose past seems to hold some terrible trauma. In his wake comes his foster-father Joe, a Maori factory worker with a nasty temper.

The narrative unravels to reveal the truths that lie behind these three characters, and in so doing displays itself as a huge, ambitious work that tackles the clash between Maori and European characters in beautiful prose of a heartrending poignancy.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780330485418
  • Number of pages: 560
  • Weight: 392g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 35 mm

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The Bone People
Brilliant book!
Read this book!! It is quite simply brilliant and once started I could not put it down. Evocative, haunting and beautiful writing about the intertwined liv... READ MORE
The Bone People
Surprising and utterly beautiful
This is quite possibly my favourite book of all time. It is utterly captivating and beautifully written. Keri Hulme is a story-teller in the true sense of ... READ MORE
Sarah Dorset
The Bone People
This lyrical, mystical Booker Prize winner in 1985 just wasn’t for me (TW child abuse)
Kerewin Holmes is a woman who lives by herself in a tower she had custom-built near a beach on New Zealand’s South Island. Self-sufficient thanks to a lot... READ MORE