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 · 17,835 ratings · 1,541 reviews · 12 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Bone People

4.06 avg rating — 17,510 ratings — published 1984 — 28 editions
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Te Kaihau: The Windeater

3.70 avg rating — 175 ratings — published 1987 — 10 editions
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Stonefish

3.74 avg rating — 76 ratings — published 2004 — 4 editions
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Strands

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Lost Possessions

3.68 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1985
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The Silences Between:

3.93 avg rating — 14 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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The Bone People by Keri Hulme - New Zealand
 
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