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Hand Me Down World - Lloyd Jones


Published: 25th October 2010
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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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Storytelling at its best!


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
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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 :)

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      Lloyd Jones

      Award-winning novelist Lloyd Jones was born in 1955 in Lower Hutt in New Zealand and graduated from Victoria University. He has worked as a journalist and covered Papua New Guinea's blockade of Bougainville during the 1990s, the setting for his bestselling Mister Pip.

      Jones has received awards including the Katherine Mansfield Memorial fellowship in 1988, the Deutz Medal for Fiction, the Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize (2003) and the Montana New Zealand Book Award (2001) for The Book of Fame. In 2007 Jones won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Mister Pip, which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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      ISBN: 9781921656682
      ISBN-10: 1921656689
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 336
      Published: 25th October 2010
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.6  x 2.4
      Weight (kg): 23.0
      Edition Number: 1