The Bone People

Author(s): Keri Hulme

NZ - Fiction

Powerful and visionary, Keri Hulme has written the great New Zealand novel of our times. 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. 'In this novel, New Zealand's people, its heritage and landscape are conjured up with uncanny poetry and perceptiveness' Sunday Times

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. She is currently at work on her second novel, Bait.

General Fields

  • : 9780330485418
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Picador
  • : September 2001
  • : 197mm X 130mm X 35mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2005
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 823
  • : 300
  • : Modern fiction
  • : Keri Hulme
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : English