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  • Published: 1 March 2013
  • ISBN: 9781775531470
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224
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About Turns


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This novel, with its humorous insights into New Zealand women and their allegiances, will have you and your friends laughing in unison.

This novel, with its humorous insights into New Zealand women and their allegiances, will have you and your friends laughing in unison.

Irene has a secret. It slips out inadvertently during book club when the wine has been flowing too freely. Her teenage years as a marching girl are not something she had wanted her friend Ferrida to know about. She’s always wanted Ferrida’s approval, for her friendship is as important and fraught as
the one with Paula, when they marched together all those years ago. But friends don’t necessarily march to the same beat, and Irene finds it hard to keep step.

  • Pub date: 1 March 2013
  • ISBN: 9781775531470
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the Author

Maggie Rainey-Smith

Maggie Rainey-Smith attended the Victoria University undergraduate poetry course and went on to complete the Victoria University undergraduate short fiction course and subsequently the Aoraki Polytechnic writing course and Whitireia Polytechnic’s advanced diploma in writing, completing a BA (majoring in English Literature) from Victoria University, in 2002.

Her first novel, the bestselling About Turns, was chosen by Whitcoulls as their first-ever New Zealand Guaranteed Great Read. She has had poetry, short stories and essays published in magazines, including Sport and The New Zealand Listener, and was short-listed for the Landfall Essay Prize in 2004. Reviewing About Turns, Kimberly Bartlett in the Herald on Sunday pointed out, ‘Rainey-Smith frees herself from the constraints of a great deal of women’s fiction by steering away from romantic love. Instead, she explores themes of friendship, infidelity, literature and class in New Zealand.’ New Idea called it an ‘engaging, poignant book’, while The New Zealand Herald described it as ‘evocative’ with some ‘classic comedy lines’.

She is the current Chair of the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors, Membership Officer for the Friends of the Randell Cottage, and a guest book reviewer on Beatties Book Blog. She has her own blog (acurioushalfhour@wordpress.com) and website (www.maggieraineysmith.com).

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