The Love School: Personal Essays

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Victoria University Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 367 pages
"The Love School collects more than twenty years' of Elizabeth Knox's non-fiction. These frank and revealing essays and talks tell the story of her writing s beginnings in childhood imaginary games played with her sisters and friends; of leaving home and working at Inland Revenue to earn money to write; of the writing and putting away of the two novels that came before her prize-winning debut, After Z-Hour, in 1987; and of the extraordinary novels which followed. Here is Wellington in the eighties: lives led in now demolished buildings, the pastimes and politics of the period described with vivid particularity, passion, wisdom and a sense of the absurd." "In these pages the reader will encounter the comic: possums who invade and occupy a portion of the author's Brooklyn flat; the dramatic: the Red Squad at the intersection of Rintoul and Riddiford Streets on Wellington test day; and the mysterious: an angelic stranger in a Venetian back street." --Book Jacket.

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Elizabeth Knox is an internationally acclaimed novelist whose work has been published in more than six languages. Her best known novel, The Vintner’s Luck, won numerous awards, including the Deutz Medal for Fiction at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, the 2001 Tasmania Pacific Region Prize, and is currently being made into a film.

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