The Bone People

Author(s): Keri Hulme

NZ - Fiction

"The Bone People" is a love story. It begins when a mute six-year-old, full of blasting hurt and strange charm, wanders off the beach and into the home of a despairing artist. Kerwin has given up everything but drinking, thinking and fishing, but the arrival of the boy Simon, and later on, of his Maori foster-father Joe, drags them all into the gyre of possibilities. Cruel, funny, ardent and beautiful, "The Bone People" is a powerful and visionary New Zealand fable.

Hulme does an outstanding job of exploring the intricacies of domestic abuse. This novel is really an extended character study of three highly complex individuals, and Hulme’s prose style is lyrical and unusual. I’m glad I’ve read this, but it was a long and harrowing read. - Holly


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Powerful and visionary, Keri Hulme has written the great New Zealand novel of our times.

Winner of Booker Prize for Fiction 1985.

'In this novel, New Zealand's people, its heritage and landscape are conjured up with uncanny poetry and perceptiveness' Sunday Times

Keri Hulme has Kai Tahu, Orkney Island and English ancestry and lives on the West Coast of New Zealand. She is a writer and painter and has published short stories in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies, and also a book of poetry.

General Fields

  • : 9780330485418
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Picador
  • : 0.376
  • : December 2001
  • : 197mm X 130mm X 35mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Keri Hulme
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : English
  • : 823.9/14
  • : near fine
  • : 300
  • : Modern fiction