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  • Published: 5 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869797843
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 306

The Open World




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

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

  • Pub date: 5 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869797843
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 306

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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Praise for The Open World

“What a triumph! Elizabeth Smith is still in my head & will be for days. What a woman! You have brought her, & all the characters, vividly to life.You have also created the life of the times, both in NZ & UK, absolutely brilliantly, with wonderful language & detail. And I love the way you have so subtly explored colonial attitudes...This is a fantastic book...!”

an Auckland bookseller

“Johnson's writing is skilful, insightful, witty and she has a truly light touch.”

New Zealand Herald

“Immensely satisfying, utterly believable, Music from a Distant Room is Stephanie Johnson in top form. She has written the year to date's best New Zealand novel.”

Warwick Roger, North and South

“John Tomb's Head is a thought-provoking work, continually surprising, with many brilliant moments”

Iain Sharpe, Sunday Star-Times

“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


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