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A Place to Stand

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  4 reviews
‘Helen McNeil’s story, set in Kawerau during the 1950s when the town is being constructed around the mill, is uniquely New Zealand.
The main character, Sandra McLeod, arrives as a child from England with her ‘£10 Pom’ family, but their new life isn’t what they’d hoped it might be. Via flashbacks recalled by Sandra when she returns to Kawerau to visit her ailing mother in 1
Paperback, 228 pages
Published April 7th 2013 by Del Sur (first published February 18th 2013)
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Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It’s 1975, and in Auckland, New Zealand Sandra McLeod is a struggling real estate agent, trying desperately to empower herself through a self-help course book. When a letter arrives from an old friend informing Sandra that her mother is ailing, Sandra sees this as a test of her inner strength. The trip back to the small, sulfurous town of Kawerau – a place Sandra swore she would never return to – dredges up old memories.

In A Place to Stand, author Helen McNeil stitches together the past and pres
Judith Yeabsley
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
It was a depressing story and that in itself is not a deal breaker. However, the main character continues to have these monologues that go off on a tangent (echoing the retreat of her mother into mental illness) and they are boring and frustrating. I couldn't get into it in a way that made them "powerful and moving". I read to the end but not with great enthusiasm. ...more
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read especially if you have tangatawhenua knowledge of Kawerau. Great storyline and poetic style. Loved it
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New Zealand author, originally born in England.

For the author of modern romances, see Helen McNeil.

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