A woman washes ashore in Sicily. She has come from north Africa to find
her son, taken from her when he was just days old by his father and
stolen away to Berlin. With nothing but her maid's uniform and a knife
stashed in a plastic bag, she relies on strangers— some generous, some
exploiting—to guide her passage north.
These strangers tell of their encounters with a quiet, mysterious woman in a blue coat—each account a different view of the truth, a different truth. And slowly these fragments of a life piece together to create a spellbinding story of the courage of a mother and the versions of truth we create to accommodate our lives.
Haunting and beautiful, Hand Me Down World is simply unforgettable.
About The Author
Lloyd Jones is a New Zealand author who currently resides in Wellington. He is a graduate of Victoria University. In 1988 he was the recipient of the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship.
In 1994 he curated an exhibition which illustrated the New Zealand Saturday. This work was a collaboration with photographer Bruce Foster and held at the National Library in Wellington. The work was published as the 'The Last Saturday' and included historical photographs, contemporary ones by Foster and an essay by Jones. In May 2003, a theatrical adaptation of his novel 'The Book of Fame' was presented at Wellington's Downstage Theatre.
In May 2007, he won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Overall Best Book Award for his novel Mister Pip. The novel is set during the Bougainville Civil War of the early 1990s. His novel Mister Pip was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2007.
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Comments about Hand Me Down World:
Wow - loved it! A very different type of novel but it worked really well. The first and second parts of the book has each chapter written from the eyes of someone who is influencing the life of the main character at that time. It was a bit disconcerting at first but I soon got into the swing of it and it was a great way of depicting her journey and how others viewed what was happening. The third part of the book was set in one place and written from the view of one character and the fourth part from the main character herself. The final part rounded the story off nicely and gave the main character's side of the story to earlier chapters. Great storytelling :)
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 25th October 2010
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.6 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1