Keep your Head Up, My Girl

Author(s): Suzanne Clark

NZ - Fiction

(Nelson, 1910) Peggy’s brother is born of prostitution. To evade heartless local authorities, thirteen-year-old Peggy seizes the newborn baby and flees on horseback into the night.

Aided at critical times by a mysterious ancestral presence, she finds sanctuary In the Marlborough Sounds with her mother’s childhood friend and people from a Maori village.

In 1917, a disastrous house fire and a broken heart drive Peggy and her brother across Cook Strait to the city of Wellington. There she finds her father’s family at last, but is met with cynicism and distrust.

Fiercely determined to make her own way and protect her brother, Peggy encounters love and loss during World War I, an influenza epidemic and the Great Depression. Courage, quick wit, and dress design skills are vital as Peggy  strives to succeed in the changing world of fashion.

Keep your head up, my girl is a gripping story of a strong willed young woman carving a path for herself during a turbulent time in New Zealand’s history.


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Suzanne Clark lives in Golden Bay, a very beautiful part of New Zealand. While teaching at the local school she completing a teaching degree through distance learning. The study involved gave her the incentive to began a writing career, an ambition she had as a child. Suzanne enjoys researching and writing historical New Zealand novels. She now has four published books:

Āwhina's People

Mrs Lacy,

His Father's Will,

Keep your head up, my girl

Her interests include writing, aquaculture, travel, landscaping and fibre art. Shis is the mother of two children and grandmother of four.

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