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Maori boy : a memoir of childhood

Author: Witi Ihimaera
Publisher: Auckland, New Zealand : Vintage Book, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the first volume of Witi Ihimaera's enthralling memoir, packed with stories from the formative years of this much-loved writer. Witi Ihimaera is a consummate storyteller - one critic calling him one of our 'finest and most memorable'. Some of his best stories, however, are about his own life. This honest, stirring work tells of the family and community into which Ihimaera was born, of his early life in rural  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Witi Ihimaera; Witi Ihimaera
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Witi Ihimaera
ISBN: 9781869797263 1869797264
OCLC Number: 908371344
Awards: Winner of Ockham New Zealand Book Awards - General Non-Fiction 2016
Description: 482 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Witi Ihimaera.

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This is the first volume of Witi Ihimaera's enthralling memoir, packed with stories from the formative years of this much-loved writer. Witi Ihimaera is a consummate storyteller - one critic calling him one of our 'finest and most memorable'. Some of his best stories, however, are about his own life. This honest, stirring work tells of the family and community into which Ihimaera was born, of his early life in rural New Zealand, of family secrets, of facing anguish and challenges, and of laughter and love. As Ihimaera recounts the myths that formed his early imagination, he also reveals the experiences from real life that wriggled into his fiction. Alive with an inventive, stimulating narrative and vividly portrayed relatives, this memoir is engrossing, entertaining and moving, but, more than this, it is also a vital record of what it means to grow up Maori.

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"Maori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood is a big book in many ways. Literally so, because, at 370 pages plus, it brings us only to the author's late teens. Figuratively also, because it encompasses not Read more...

 
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