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In keeping with his commitment to revisit his first five pieces of fiction, Witi Ihimaera has reworked the original text of this much-loved classic.

The matriarch is a woman of intelligence, wit, beauty and ruthlessness, and has become a mythical figure through her fight to repossess the land and sustain her people against the ravages wrought by the Pakeha. Priestess of the Ringatu faith, she has been virtually a law unto herself.
In his search for the truth behind the legends surrounding the matriarch, his grandmother, Tama Mahana delves deeper and deeper into Maori history and lore to understand the mysterious sources of her power and ambition.
Witi Ihimaera's prose is at turns lyrical and spare, sensuous and savage. Weaving fact with fiction, this remarkable odyssey into New Zealand history is a novel of stunning imaginative power.
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Winner of the Wattie Book of the Year, 1986
Runner-up for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, 1987

'Witi Ihimaera's uncompromising masterwork . . . A profound and spellbinding character study' - New Zealand Herald

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  • Paperback

    9780143010920

    January 30, 2009

    Raupo

    RRP $24.95

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Also by Witi Ihimaera

Sleeps Standing
Black Marks on the White Page
Bulibasha Film Tie-In
Maori Boy
Matriarch
White Lies
I've Been Thinking About You, Sister
The Thrill of Falling
Pounamu Pounamu (Anniversary Ed)
The Parihaka Woman
Nights in the Gardens of Spain
His Best Stories
Pounamu Pounamu
The Whale Rider
Sky Dancer
The Dream Swimmer
The Uncle's Story
Uncle's Story
Bulibasha

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To Kill A Mockingbird
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
The Girl on the Train
The Golden House
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Swing Time
The Mistress
Tiger Men
The Golden Age
Fifty Shades Darker
A Long Way from Home
Uncommon Type
The Trip of a Lifetime
The Light Between Oceans
Line of Fire
Ready Player One