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The Booker Prize 1985

The Booker Prize 1985

The Winner

The Bone People

By Keri Hulme

Published by Hodder & Stoughton 

In a tower on the New Zealand sea lives Kerewin Homes, part Maori, part European, an artist estranged from her art, woman in exile from her family. One night her solitude is disrupted by a visitor – a speechless, mercurial boy named Simon, who tries to steal from her and then repays her with his most precious possession. As Kerewin succumbs to Simon’s feral charms, she also falls under the spell of his Maori foster father Joe, who rescued the boy from a shipwreck and now treats him with an unsettling mixture of tenderness and brutality.


The Shortlist

The 1985 Judges

Norman St John-Stevas (Chair)

Nina Bawden

J.W. Lambert

Joanna Lumley

Marina Warner