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Shayne Parkinson

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I write historical novels set in New Zealand, starting in the 1880s. My sixth book, "After the Roses", takes the series to 1924. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly that of my own country. I was born in New Zealand, and apart from two years in England have lived here all my life. I'm married to my childhood sweetheart, who grew up in the farming valley that's the inspiration for my imaginary one.

We have a few acres in the countryside, where we have an orchard and a large vegetable garden, and a small flock of sheep to keep the grass down. We make our own wine, cider, jams, jellies and sauces.


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Shayne Parkinson Hi Jo, great to hear that you're eager for the sequel! It's taking longer than I'd expected, partly because some of the research has meant a lot of…moreHi Jo, great to hear that you're eager for the sequel! It's taking longer than I'd expected, partly because some of the research has meant a lot of digging in various archives, not to mention several trips to Wellington to visit those archives! A lot of fun, but it can be very time-consuming.

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Shayne Parkinson I'm currently working on the sequel to "Daisy's War". The new book begins in 1918, with the first signs of the influenza pandemic. We follow Daisy as…moreI'm currently working on the sequel to "Daisy's War". The new book begins in 1918, with the first signs of the influenza pandemic. We follow Daisy as she strives towards her ambition of one day becoming a doctor.(less)
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The Beloved Physician

In late 1918, in the immediate wake of the Great War, an influenza pandemic was raging. During the two months of the pandemic New Zealand lost 9,000 people to the disease—this was equivalent to around half the number who had been lost in the whole course of the war.

Among those who died was Margaret Cruickshank, New Zealand’s first registered woman doctor.

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“Aren’t you scared of him?’ Amy asked, slumping down and trying to make herself inconspicuous. ‘He always looks so fierce. Don’t you remember that time he nearly caught us on his land? I was sure he’d give us a beating if he’d got hold of us.’ ‘Humph! My pa would have had something to say to him if he had.’ ‘That wouldn’t have been much comfort.’ ‘Yes, it would. Anyway, who’d be scared of him—sour old man like that.’ Lizzie dismissed Charlie Stewart with a wave of her hand.”
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