The Book of Secrets

| March 25, 2013 | 16 Comments

Reviewed by the lovely Catherine, who had this to say about the book …

“I had not heard of Fiona Kidman but have sinced learned she is well recognised New Zealand author, and I can see why. It tells of a group of immigrants’, following their preacher with blind faith from Scotland, Nova Scotia, Australia and finally New Zealand. Set in the 1850s, there is love and loss, plenty of drama and as the title suggests, plenty of secrets to be uncovered. Its told through the viewpoints of three generations of women, the struggles they have and how those generations deal with their own circumstances and try to escape social pressures. All in all a good read particularly if you are into history and lots of twists and turns in a story.”

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Simply comment below!  Easy as!

Entries close:    4th April 2013 5pm

Winner announced:    4th April 2013 7pm

Competition is now CLOSED

WINNER IS: Maree (lucky number 10) !!!!!


A bit about the book and author

A classic, prize-winning novel about an epic migration and a lone woman haunted by the past in frontier Waipu. In the 1850s, a group of settlers established a community at Waipu in the northern part of New Zealand. They were led there by a stern preacher, Norman McLeod. The community had followed him from Scotland in 1817 to found a settlement in Nova Scotia, then subsequently to New Zealand via Australia. Their incredible journeys actually happened, and in this winner of the New Zealand Book Awards, Fiona Kidman breathes life and contemporary relevance into the facts by creating a remarkable fictional story of three women entangled in the migrations – Isabella, her daughter Annie and granddaughter Maria. McLeod’s harsh leadership meant that anyone who ran counter to him had to live a life of secrets. The ‘secrets’ encapsulated the spirit of these women in their varied reactions to McLeod’s strict edicts and connect the past to the present and future.

Author Biography

Fiona Kidman has published over 20 books, including novels, poetry, non-fiction and a play. She has worked as a librarian, creative writing teacher, radio producer and critic, scriptwriter for radio, television and film, but primarily as a writer. The New Zealand Listener wrote: ‘In her craft and her storytelling and in her compassionate gutsy tough expression of female experience, she is the best we have.’ She has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships; in more recent years The Captive Wife was runner-up in the 2006 Montana Book Awards Deutz Medal for Fiction, and her short story collection The Trouble with Fire was shortlisted for both the NZ Post Book Awards and the Frank O’Connor Award. She was created a Dame (DNZM) in 1998 in recognition of her contribution to literature, and more recently a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour. ‘We cannot talk about writing in New Zealand without acknowledging her,’ wrote New Zealand Books. ‘Kidman’s accessible prose and the way she shows (mainly) women grappling to escape from restricting social pressures has guaranteed her a permanent place in our fiction.’


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  1. Rosemary Keay says:

    Would love to win this, she is a great writer.

  2. Udette Stokes says:

    Yes please! Need something new to read

  3. Sarah Blair says:

    This sounds really interesting! I’d love to read it!

  4. Anthony W says:

    Love good books in the house and to share !!

  5. Amy Rhind says:

    Looks like a great book!

  6. Rosie Orr says:

    yes, please! This book looks great!

  7. Raven says:

    This sounds like a good book to be introduced to Fiona Kidman.

  8. Doug Beale says:

    I enjoy books of this nature, and she is a new author for me too.

  9. Jolie says:

    I havnt heard of this Author before but it sounds like a great read – If i dont win I will be hunting it down anything. Thanks for introducing me

  10. Maree says:

    OOhhh looks good.. I could do with a good book to read!!

  11. carolyn brown says:

    Would lo9ve to win this looks like a great read!

  12. Nicky Kerridge says:

    Oh I would do love to win this book, I am in desperate need of a great read. Thanks

  13. Charica Roche says:

    This would be my first read from a New Zealand author, good to keep me warm this autumn.

  14. Theresa te whaiti says:

    My mum would love to read this, I would love to give it to her

  15. Yvette says:

    This novel is now on my wishlist to read and share with my book club. I’ve enjoyed Kidman’s novels in the past and this one sounds particularly intriguing with a mix of fiction and fact. It’s always great to learn more about our country’s past while being entertained at the same time.

  16. Wendy O says:

    Another good book to read 🙂

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