The Strength of Eggshells

Author(s): Kirsty Powell

NZ - Fiction | Fiction - Thriller | Fiction - Historical

She’s six feet tall and handles a motorbike like a professional, but Kate has insecurities that match her height and she ignores her past by pushing her fingers into her ears.
Why did her mother Jane only communicate through poetry? What became of her grandmother Meredith who travelled up the Whanganui River on a paddle steamer to marry a returned soldier in an ill-fated valley, beyond the Bridge to Nowhere? And what should Kate do about her own two-pointed love triangle? Somewhere out there are the answers; out where only her motorbike can take her.
The Strength of Eggshells explores the lives of strong rural New Zealanders, set against the fragile isolation of a farm upbringing, two world wars and a landscape that is inevitably slipping beyond reach.


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“The powerful tug of history, the search for identity, an unresolved present, dark ghosts in the past…This is a marvellous New Zealand novel.” --TINA SHAW, AUTHOR

Kirsty Powell grew up in the North Wairarapa in an isolated rural community east of Eketahuna. She now lives in rural South Auckland and splits her time between farming, writing and contracting as an Occupational Health Physiotherapist to local industries. She has also studied psychology, history, philosophy and completed a Master of Creative Writing. She has travelled by motorbike on several continents and by bicycle across Europe.

General Fields

  • : 9780473474201
  • : Cloud Ink Press Limited
  • : October 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kirsty Powell
  • : Paperback