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At the End of Darwin Road: A Memoir

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Random House (New Zealand)
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Caroline Barron_Author
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘At the End of Darwin Road’ is a beautiful, must-read memoir from one of Aotearoa, New Zealand’s most treasured writers and taonga, Dame Fiona Kidman. This is the story of her early life, tracing a line from the scented orange groves and their property at the end of Darwin Road in Kerikeri, to similarly-scented Menton in France, where she writes the book in 2006, whilst on the Katherine Mansfield residency (and where she accidentally remarries her divine husband Ian, but that’s another story!). ...more
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May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"What I had yearned to leave, I sometimes wanted to go back to."
Sherilyn
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fascinating insight into Kidsman's early years. You can learn to love an author more, when they give you a view into their past. That is the case with this book.
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May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this memoir. I haven't read Fiona Kidman in years but I used to love her books. Reading this reminds me to go back and re-read some of the older ones and to get started on The Captive Wife which I bought last time I was home (at the same time as I bought this book). What I found fascinating about this memoir is the underlying story of growing up in NZ in the shadow of WWII and even the Depression. Fiona Kidman is a pretty accomplished author and yet, she took her School Certific ...more
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Fiona Kidman is a leading contemporary novelist, short story writer and poet. Much of her fiction is focused on how outsiders navigate their way in narrowly conformist society. She has published a large and exciting range of fiction and poetry, and has worked as a librarian, producer and critic. Kidman has won numerous awards, and she has been the recipient of fellowships, grants and other signifi ...more