Keri Hulme


Born
in Christchurch, New Zealand
March 09, 1947

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Keri Hulme (born 9 March 1947) is a New Zealand writer. Her only novel, The Bone People, won the Booker Prize in 1985.

Hulme was born in Christchurch, in New Zealand's South Island. The daughter of a carpenter and a credit manager, she was the eldest of six children. Her parents were of English, Scottish, and Māori (Kai Tahu) descent. "Our family comes from diverse people: Kai Tahu, Kāti Mamoe (South Island Maori iwi); Orkney islanders; Lancashire folk; Faroese and/or Norwegian migrants," Hulme told Contemporary Women Poets[.] Her early education was at North New Brighton Primary School and Aranui High School. Her father died when she was 11 years old.

Hulme worked as a tobacco picker in Motueka after leaving school. She began studying for an
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Average rating: 4.05 · 20,507 ratings · 1,870 reviews · 13 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Bone People

4.05 avg rating — 20,123 ratings — published 1984 — 36 editions
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Te Kaihau: The Windeater

3.77 avg rating — 203 ratings — published 1987 — 10 editions
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Stonefish

3.71 avg rating — 96 ratings — published 2004 — 5 editions
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Strands

3.84 avg rating — 32 ratings2 editions
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Lost Possessions

3.64 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 1985
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The Silences Between:

3.92 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1985
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Homeplaces

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Bait

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Imagining Argentina

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“You want to know about anybody? See what books they read, and how they've been read...”
Keri Hulme, The Bone People

“I am not a person to say the words out loud / I think them strongly, or let them hunger from the page.”
Keri Hulme

“A family can be the bane of one's existence. A family can also be most of the meaning of one's existence. I don't know whether my family is bane or meaning, but they have surely gone away and left a large hole in my heart.”
Keri Hulme, The Bone People

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January 2016 New School Group Read

1937, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, 366 pages
 
  23 votes, 15.5%

 
  21 votes, 14.2%

1915, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, 201 pages
 
  15 votes, 10.1%

1953, Casino Royale by Ian Fleming, 181 pages
 
  13 votes, 8.8%

 
  12 votes, 8.1%

1954, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, 182 pages
 
  12 votes, 8.1%

 
  11 votes, 7.4%

1999, Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, 617 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.4%

 
  7 votes, 4.7%

 
  7 votes, 4.7%

 
  7 votes, 4.7%

1984, The Bone People by Keri Hulme, 450 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.4%

 
  3 votes, 2.0%

1926, The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, 218 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.4%

1937, Christ in Concrete by Pietro Di Donato, 256 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.7%

1957, The Assistant by Bernard Malamud, 246 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.7%

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