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  • Published: 1 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869796730
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 260
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A touching, tender and witty novel about men and women and family life

A touching, tender and witty novel about men and women and family life.

Sophie Redlove has a crumbling Gothic mansion to restore, three children to manage, a distraught friend - as well as possums in the laundry at midnight. She loves her absent husband, Russell - but there's an importunate older man who's after her, a slightly sycophantic younger one, an angel and a Viking on the scene . . . And what the hell is Russell up to? And indeed what's the story in Sophie's gradually uncovered past that explains her dependence on those mysterious and vulnerable creatures - men?

This enthralling novel takes a touching, tender and witty look at men and women and family life in the nineties, as Sophie struggles with the increasing chaos in her life.

  • Pub date: 1 March 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869796730
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 260

About the Author

Barbara Else

Barbara Else is an acclaimed writer and editor whose writing is distinguished by its acerbic wit and sharp observation and is often concerned with ‘bringing women out of the shadows’. In a career spanning three decades, she has written plays, short stories, novels for adults, children’s novels and a non-fiction work, and has edited collections of stories for children. She has held a number of fellowships and residencies: the Victoria University of Wellington’s Writer’s Fellowship 1999; the Creative New Zealand Scholarship in Letters 2004 and the University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence 2016. She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005. Through her work as a literary agent and assessor, she has discovered and mentored a number of emerging New Zealand writers, many of whom are now award-winning writers in their own right, and she was instrumental in setting up the New Zealand Association of Literary Agents and New Zealand Association of Manuscript Assessors. She has won multiple awards in New Zealand for her children’s books, including Storylines Notable Book Awards, Honour Awards and the Esther Glen Medal, and has been internationally recognised at Bologna with a White Raven. In 2016 Barbara received the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal in recognition of her services to children’s literature.

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