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About the book
  • Published: 5 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869797836
  • Imprint: RHNZ Vintage
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $32.99

The Open World




A fascinating novel about secrets, finding a home and early colonial New Zealand

Elizabeth Smith seems a respectable widow, sailing to New Zealand in 1841, along with a group of early settlers and missionaries. Under the watchful and disapproving eye of Bishop Selwyn and Judge Martin, Elizabeth tries to establish herself in this new country, helping run a hospital for local Maori, while acting as both father and mother to her two sons. But she has secrets in her past, secrets that she won't reveal even to her sons, despite their eagerness to know about their father. It is only on her return to London that the truth might be revealed... This fascinating novel is based on a real woman and the community she lived among in 1840s New Zealand. Reconstructed and re-imagined by her great-great-great granddaughter.

  • Pub date: 5 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869797836
  • Imprint: RHNZ Vintage
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $32.99

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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