Witi Ihimaera has been a long time favourite author who I discovered 30 years ago whilst trotting the globe. His fictional story telling often weaves spiritual belief of Maori and evokes a deep sense of belonging for those of us whose umbilical cord to Aoteroa is stretched to the four corners of the world. 'The Uncle's Story' is a beautiful haunting love story reaching through the generations. It challenges Maori attitude to sexuality, masculinity and non-heterosexual relationships. Ihimaera writes with deep passion laced with wonderful (Maori) wit. Sam stayed with me long after I read the last paragraph, he sits in a prominent spot on my bookshelf.