Author(s): Hamish Clayton

NZ - Fiction

Early nineteenth century New Zealand - the great chief Te Rauparaha has conquered tiny Kapiti Island, from where Ngati Toa launches brutal attacks on its southern enemies. Off the coast of Kapiti, English trader John Stewart seeks to trade with Te Rauparaha, setting off a train of events that forever change the course of New Zealand history. Narrated by two English sailors on board Stewart's ship, these events are also eerily resonant of a more distant memory, stretching back into mythology, of the charismatic leader Wulf and an ancient lament. History, it seems, may be repeating itself. Wulf, Hamish Clayton's inventive, brilliant first novel, explores a subject little covered in New Zealand fiction, and marks the emergence of a startlingly assured, exciting new voice. 'I was blown away by Wulf's imaginative derring-do. It is easily the most impressive debut I've read in a long time.' - Lloyd Jones, author of Mister Pip 'A powerfully imagined novel - assured, crisply poetic and spellbinding in its unfurling narrative...Clayton is a gifted writer for a new generation.' - Murray Bramwell, NZ Books Also available as an eBook

Wulf by Hamish Clayton is a superb historical novel of a period in the life of Te Rauparaha. Clayton weaves the mythology of a mysterious 10th century British poem into the story, which is written from the viewpoint of two English sailors caught up in the momentous events of the 1830's.  Certainly the best novel I've read from a new writer for some time. - Jan


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Winner of New Zealand Post Book Awards: Best First Book of Fiction 2012.

Hamish Clayton was born in Hawke's Bay in 1977 and educated at Hastings Boys' High School. He holds degrees in Art History and English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington, where he is currently working on a PhD in English Literature. Wulf is his first novel.

General Fields

  • : 9780143206491
  • : Penguin Group New Zealand, Limited
  • : Penguin Books (NZ)
  • : 0.226
  • : December 2010
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : February 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hamish Clayton
  • : Paperback
  • : 823.3
  • : very good
  • : 240