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  • Published: 3 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775532620
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

The Heart's Wild Surf



Romantic, funny and surprising, this novel is a bold exploration of love in a time of confusion.

Romantic, funny and surprising, this novel is a bold exploration of love in a time of confusion.In Fiji at the end of 1918, the distant Great War is drawing to a close and Spanish flu is raging. Twelve-year-old Olive McNab is sent from Suva to stay wih her aunt and uncle on a plantation on Tavenui. On this magical and mysterious island she uncovers some startling, well-kept secrets. The death of her mother, her friendship with two independent women, and a series of adventures change Olive's life for ever.

'Johnson's work is marked by a dry irony, a sharp-edged humour that focuses unerringly on the frailties and foolishness of her characters . . . There is compassion, though, and sensitivity in the development of complex situations . . . A purposeful sense of such larger concerns balances Johnson's precision with the small details of situation, character and voice that give veracity and colour.' - The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature

  • Published: 3 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775532620
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

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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