110th out of 187 books — 93 voters
by Maurice Gee
May, David and Alan Macpherson have the same father but different mothers, and their paths in life have been enormously different. The three have come together after thirty-five years at the Nelson orchard of their dying father, Robert Macpherson. The old tugmaster, domineering and earthy still, is being nursed by May's daughter, Heather, who also runs the orchard. A stran...more
Unknown Binding, 214 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Penguin Books
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One of New Zealand’s most distinguished novelists, born in Whakatane, passed much of his childhood in the country town of Henderson (now contained by Auckland’s urban sprawl), and this background plays a major role in his fiction. Again and again his plots are set in Henderson, usually under another name, or other small towns. Even in the most recent, where Wellington and Auckland play a major par...moreMore about Maurice Gee...