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Mr. Allbones' Ferrets

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A young man out poaching. A beautiful maiden in a mysterious house. A perilous voyage to distant islands.

A literary sensation from New Zealand, Mr. Allbones’ Ferrets introduces a stunning new writer to American readers. The winner of numerous literary awards in New Zealand, Fiona Farrell is poised to capture a whole new continent of fans with this latest book.

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 2007)
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Rudy Lopez
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Allbones’ Ferrets is a highly engaging historical fantasy around the transport of ferrets to New Zealand in the Nineteenth Century to combat the infestation of rabbits transported from Europe twenty years previously.
The narrative is told through the personal experience of the protagonist, Walter Allbones, a labouring class young man who makes some of his living in the Lincolnshire countryside by poaching rabbits. An unexpected encounter with a portly landowner and his granddaughter on a d
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A clever idea of using old receipts and names to put together a fantastical account of how weasels, ferrets and stoats arrived in New Zealand. The first chapter was highly descriptive and very bloodthirsty, but it certainly set the scene in regards to Mr Allbones and his love for his ferrets. However I am giving it two stars as I just didn't enjoy the book. It was clever, but I was unable to engage with the characters or care for them. ...more
Oct 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a book about New Zealand for my reading challenge--a place I'd like to visit. So I googled books about New Zealand and this one came up. But it does not take place in New Zealand at all--just the last page--but in England in the late 1870's. Walter Allbones is a poor uneducated young man who takes care of his sister and the little'un's when his mother dies. He works menial labor jobs when they are available and supplements their food with rabbits poached from the manor land. Wa ...more
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 is the real rating. I loved the writing. Fiona Farrell puts words together so well. She can create an atmosphere and voice within a short amount of sentences. The only way this could have been better would have been to hear her read it (an opportunity you must take if you get the chance). But as to did I like it? That's hard. The subject matter disgusts me. She's taken the facts of the matter, perhaps the stupidest thing ever to happen to New Zealand - man introducing weasels, ferrets and st ...more
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Allbones' Ferrets is the story of what happens when a wealthy natural scientist, Pitford, and and a poor, but intelligent peasant, Allbones, join forces to help New Zealand conquer its rabbit problem. Enter Eugenia, Pitford's delicate, beautiful, but also curious and intelligent granddaughter. Then Fowler an enormous, evil bully gets in on the game.

Part natural history, part social commentary, part love story this slim novel manages to be many things at once. Its gruesome at times with graph
Maria Elmvang
Very different from what I had expected. The story of how ferrets were introduced to New Zealand fauna, the writing style and genre reminded me a lot more of the emigration novels written at the turn of the last century than anything recent.

I was a bit hesitant about the story to begin with, but have to admit it grew on me. I really liked Walter Allbones, and wanted to learn more about him. The other characters were nothing special though - not very well fleshed out at all, and stereotypes were
only got partway into this and would have been more interested after I was in NZ and really understood the role of ferrets there!
Aug 28, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Vegans: do not read! This is a vile book. I have yet to find another author who so luxuriates in the abuse and murder of animals.
My review of Mr Allbones' Ferrets by Fiona Farrell has now appeared in Landfall Review Online:[return][return]http://landfallreviewonline.blogspot.... ...more
Sep 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently a runaway hit in Australia, if the book jacket is to be believed. This was a good story and I enjoyed the natural history insight. Still, the plot lacked some depth.
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Quirky, poignant. Quick and easy read.
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Fiona Farrell, ONZM (born 1947) is a New Zealand poet, fiction writer and playwright.

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