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  • Published: 29 October 2004
  • ISBN: 9780143019206
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $34.99


'This novel will become a classic' - Next magazine on this prize-winning masterpiece.

Three brothers, one war and multiple secrets.

Tu is proud of his name: it belongs to the Maori god of war. But for the returned soldier there's a shadow over his war experience with the Maori Battalion in Italy. Three young men from the one family went to war, but only one returned – Tu is the sole survivor. Now, when his young niece and nephew come looking for answers, Tu is brought face to face with the past. What really happened to the three brothers as the Maori Battalion fought in the hills and valleys of Italy is contained in the pages of his war journal, and this he now decides to give to his niece and nephew. The time for revelations has come.

Patricia Grace has drawn on the war experiences of her father and other relatives and ventured into new territory. The result is a prize-winning novel of great authenticity and drama from one of our finest storytellers.

  • Pub date: 29 October 2004
  • ISBN: 9780143019206
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $34.99

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 Tu

“A beautifully evocative and well-written novel.”

Dominion Post Weekend

“Told with heart and humanity. From Patricia Grace we expect nothing less.”

Susan Jacobs, Canvas

“Tu is a great read - complex, subtle, exciting and extremely moving.”

Paula Morris, Dominion Post

“Tu is . . . an artful waka, rowing fast and with purpose.'”

David Eggleton, NZ Listener

“This novel will become a classic.”


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