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  • Published: 1 December 2002
  • ISBN: 9780143020028
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $19.95
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The Dream Sleepers




Stunning and insightful stories of family life in the country and the city, of the contrasts between young and old, of relationships between people who know what it means to be Maori in a society whose predominant values are alien.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2002
  • ISBN: 9780143020028
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $19.95

About the Author

Patricia Grace

Patricia Grace is one of New Zealand’s most prominent and celebrated Maori fiction authors and a figurehead of modern New Zealand literature. She garnered initial acclaim in the 1970s with her collection of short stories entitled Waiariki (1975) — the first published book by a Maori woman in New Zealand. She has published six novels and seven short story collections, as well as a number of books for children and a work of non-fiction. She won the New Zealand Book Award for Fiction for Potiki in 1987, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2001 with Dogside Story, which also won the 2001 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Fiction Prize. Her children’s story The Kuia and the Spider won the New Zealand Picture Book of the Year in 1982.

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Praise for The Dream Sleepers

“Grace is simply the best short-story writer to have emerged in this country in the last decade.”

NZ Listener

“she conveys with clarity in some of these stories the complexes of colliding emotions people experience, as those of the mother in childbirth - the awake dreams of a while variety of characters.”

Bernard Gadd

“One of those rare books you'll want to reread straight away.”

Tu Tangata


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