Mister Pip

      Lloyd Jones
Mister Pip

In a novel that is at once intense, beautiful, and fablelike, Lloyd Jones weaves a transcendent story that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the power of narrative to transform our lives.

On a copper-rich tropical island shattered by war, where the teachers have fled with most everyone else, only one white man chooses to stay behind: the eccentric Mr. Watts, object of much curiosity and scorn, who sweeps out the ruined schoolhouse and begins to read to the children each day from Charles Dickens's classic Great Expectations.

So begins this rare, original story about the abiding strength that imagination, once ignited, can provide. As artillery echoes in the mountains, thirteen-year-old Matilda and her peers are riveted by the adventures of a young orphan named Pip in a city called London, a city whose contours soon become more real than their own blighted landscape. As Mr. Watts says, "A person entranced by a book simply forgets to breathe."...

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    Biografi

      Lloyd Jones
Biografi

Biografi is an imaginative melding of travelogue and fable that sparked controversy on its release.

When Lloyd Jones visited Albania in 1991, six years after the death of dictator Enver Hoxha, he heard rumours of a village dentist who looked like the dictator and had been forced to give up his identity and become his public double. Jones' quest to find Petar Schapallo gives shape not only to an intriguing traveller's tale, but a story about identity-changed, lost or falsified-in a country where identity was strictly controlled.

Part travel narrative, part imaginative fiction, Biografi is an inquiry into the nature of identity itself.

'A fine piece of work, rich in startling detail.' Age

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    The Man in the Shed

      Lloyd Jones
The Man in the Shed

From the author of Mister Pip, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book and finalist for the Man Booker Prize, comes a collection written with Lloyd Jones's trademark precision and imaginative reach.

A boy watches his mother hooked and reeled ashore by a fisherman. A couple give up their seats on a bus for lovers soon to be parted. A husband enters a world imagined by his wife and pretends to be the man she loves. Lloyd Jones's The Man in the Shed is a haunting collection of stories about family and longing. These extraordinary tales take conventional family life and tilt it sideways, delivering a memorable blend of the suburban and the surreal.

Review

"Jones writes with economy and lyricism and possesses a striking command of metaphor."
The Age

"Jones brings to life the transformative power of fiction."
The Sunday Times

"With the beautiful spare, lyrical quality that characterises his writing, Jones makes us think about the power and the magic of storytelling, the possibilities--and the dangers--of escaping to the world within."
Dominion Post

"The stories are suffused with imagery of the sea, the coast and the populace's dreams of other countries.... Jones does such an assured and skilful job of mixing the surreal with the mundane."
Sydney Morning Herald

Review

"Jones writes with economy and lyricism and possesses a striking command of metaphor."
The Age

"Jones brings to life the transformative power of fiction."
The Sunday Times

"With the beautiful spare, lyrical quality that characterises his writing, Jones makes us think about the power and the magic of storytelling, the possibilities--and the dangers--of escaping to the world within."
Dominion Post

"The stories are suffused with imagery of the sea, the coast and the populace's dreams of other countries.... Jones does such an assured and skilful job of mixing the surreal with the mundane."
Sydney Morning Herald

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    Hand Me Down World

      Lloyd Jones
Hand Me Down World

Haunting and beautiful, Hand Me Down World is the simply unforgettable story by the multi-award winning author of Mister Pip. It was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Best Book, South East Asia and Pacific, 2011.

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 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. 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.

Lloyd Jones was born in 1955 in Lower Hutt in New Zealand and graduated from Victoria University. He has worked as a journalist and...

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    Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance

      Lloyd Jones
Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance

Shortlisted for the Deutz Medal for Fiction.

In tango, there are no wrong turns. But every dance begins with a backward step.

This is where Louise and Schmidt's story begins, with a backward step, when they meet in a small town in New Zealand during World War I. When locals are stirred to violence against Schmidt for his German name, he and Louise take refuge in a remote cave overlooking the ocean. There, humming Argentinian songs into her ear, he teaches her the intimate rhythms of the tango-the dance that will bind them forever.

Years later, in her restaurant in Wellington, Rosa, Schmidt's granddaughter, tells Lionel the tale of her grandfather's affair with Louise. And she teaches him to dance.

'Jones crafts a vivid tale of love and the redemption of dance...With his elegant language, Jones moves gracefully between the two stories and time periods, capturing the sensuous interplay between partners in dance and in life.' Publishers Weekly

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    Paint Your Wife

      Lloyd Jones
Paint Your Wife

Long ago, when the men were away at the war, Alma began painting the women of the town. They sat for him in lieu of payment for his work catching rats. Alice, his favourite, returned his attentions, and when her husband, George, came homefrom the war, he set out to prove his love and reclaim his wife by moving a hill - wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow - for her.

Now, decades later, Alma's 'in lieu of' payment is revived, and the townspeople, looking to escape various corners of despair, turn to drawing classes. For when you draw, the only thing that matters is what lies before you.

Paint Your Wife is a colourful, sensual novel, brimming with rich stories and even richer characters.

Lloyd Jones's best-known novel is Mister Pip, which won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the 2008 Kiriyama Prize Fiction Category and the 2008 Montana Fiction Award. It was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and has been made into a major feature...

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    My First Colouring Book

      Lloyd Jones
My First Colouring Book

Love, angels, addiction and death; they're all here in My First Colouring Book, a collection of short stories from award-winning novelist Lloyd Jones. Themed on all the colours of the rainbow - and a few extra - these stories and essays paint a picture of criss-crossing lives. They are spoken by an unexpected variety of voices: a young girl has adventures in the night, a surgeion becomes a shepherd; a middle-aged man seeks love for the last time. And his travel essays, sent from the compass points of his home country, Wales, are not to be missed.
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    A History of Silence

      Lloyd Jones
A History of Silence

From New Zealand's greatest living writer, A History of Silence is a moving and devastating memoir unlike any you have ever read before.

A History of Silence is a book about a country and a broken landscape. It's about the devastation in Christchurch, after the 2011 earthquake. It's about how easily we erase stories we find inconvenient. It's about the fault lines which that cataclysmic event opened up in Lloyd Jones' understanding of his own family history. 

In A History of Silence Jones embarks on a quest for the truth about his family. What happened? Why do there seem to be so few stories? Why are there so few mementos? The answers he finds are completely unexpected and change everything.

Lloyd Jones was born in New Zealand in 1955. His best-known novel is Mister Pip, which won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the 2008 Kiriyama Prize Fiction Category, the 2008 Montana Award for Readers Choice, the Montana Fiction...

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    The Book of Fame

      Lloyd Jones
The Book of Fame

Review

"The Book of Fame captures the physical presence of the players and their epic journey with an almost Homeric resonance.... A brilliant read."
-The Age

"A remarkable work.... [This is] a story about more than just rugby. It's about greatness, about once-in-a-lifetime camaraderie, about knowing you are part of something special."
-The Sun Herald

"Jones ... interweaves myth and imagination with historical fact, and gems from contemporary reports with fragments of poetry."
-Financial Times

"The Book of Fame belongs to the category of whimsical sporting chronicle pioneered by WE Bowman's The Ascent of Rumdoodle and JL Carr's How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup. It is cunningly written and deviously constructed, with ... genuinely poignant moments."
-The Independent

"The reader hears the crunch of frost, the delight as players flirt with barmaids. The sense of honour and joy they must have felt as they brought rugby to a new and sublime level.... It cuts to the truth of the game in a way endless match reports and profiles rife with cliches never will."
-The New Zealand Herald

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Description

A glorious novel from the award-winning author of Mister Pip, now available as a trade paperback original from Vintage Canada.

The Book of Fame is a lyrical semi-fictional account of the 1905 All Black rugby tour of Europe - a tour that shaped New Zealand's identity, from which the players returned to find themselves accorded almost god-like status. This remarkable, award-winning novel is both a tribute to some of the world's first sporting celebrities and an investigation into the curious workings of fame.

Not just a book for lovers of sport, The Book of Fame is essentially a story about friendship and loyalty, and about a group of astonishing young men at the peak of their abilities.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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