Keri Hulme’s Booker Prize-winning novel focusses on the mysterious relationships between three unorthodox outsiders of mixed Maori and European heritage.

One New Zealand night, artist in exile Kerewin’s 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 Booker Prize 1985
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Keri Hulme

Keri Hulme

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Keri Hulme was a New Zealand author and poet, principally known for her first novel, The Bone People, which won the 1985 Booker Prize. She passed away on December 27th 2021.
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