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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869792411
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 283

Swimmers' Rope


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A powerful novel about friendship, guilt and sex and our changing notions of loyalty and culpability.

A powerful novel about friendship, guilt and sex and our changing notions of loyalty and culpability.

Friends since childhood, Norman and Lyn grow up as next-door neighbours at the turn of the twentieth century. When Lyn is sent to manage a central North Island timber mill at the tender age of fourteen, Norman goes to visit him. There he is forced to confront a mysterious adult truth. Later, in their twenties, the two men commit an act so appalling that it ruptures their friendship for many years.
In 1972 the elderly Norman meets a young woman in a pub. Burdened by the memory he must at long last assuage, he presses Bronwyn into becoming his unwilling confessor.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869792411
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 283

About the Author

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson is an accomplished writer whose work includes plays for stage and radio, poetry, scriptwriting and novels. She was shortlisted for the 1999 Montana Book Awards for her previous novel, The Whistler. Her novel The Hearts Wild Surf was a great success in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She is co-founder of the Auckland Writer's Festival and the 2000 Katherine Mansfield Fellow.

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