Out of the mist and steam: a memoir

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Tandem Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages
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Here for the first time is this controversial writers real childhood and early adulthood. The mixed feelings of an intelligent, sensitive child talented but tormented; the eventual separation from his family; violence, crime, borstal and finally prison in England. How he turned his life around to become, not only New Zealands best selling novelist, but also a spokesperson for a large number of underprivileged New Zealanders, a controversial columnist and the initiator of the brilliantly successful Books in Homes schemes is both moving and compelling reading. About the Author Alan Duff, one of New Zealand's best known writers, is the author of four novels, a non-fiction work, a novella and two children's books.

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User Review  - gmillar - LibraryThing

Excruciating. I grew up in New Plymouth, New Zealand at the same time as Mr. Duff grew up in Rotorua. My experience was similar in some ways but different in that my family was the obverse, my dad was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Heath-Caldwell - Goodreads

Very interesting book. Wonder if they will be able to to make this into a movie. Had to read it while making sure no one was looking over my shoulder on the train. Read full review


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About the author (1999)

New Zealand novelist and screenwriter Alan Duff is the founder of the Alan Duff Foundation and the Books in Homes program. His novel, Once Were Warriors, about violence in a Maori ghetto, won the PEN Best First Book Award in 1991 and was made into a movie in 1994.

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