This memoir by acclaimed novelist Lloyd Jones was born of
first-hand observations of post-earthquake Christchurch and
the many personal histories that were destroyed and reshaped. The
devastation stimulated disquieting thoughts of his childhood and
his lack of a sense of past. His father was an orphan; his mother
was abandoned by her mother. Present and past are woven together as
Jones describes growing up in a modest Wellington suburb
with parents who did their best to conceal the damage inflicted on
them, and recounts his physical and spiritual journey of discovery.
Though deeply personal, his story evokes a picture of New
Zealand family life familiar to many and probes deep human
instincts and insecurities.
Lloyd Jones is the author of many novels, including Hand Me Down
World, Biografi and The Book of Fame. Mister Pip was a finalist for
the 2007 Man Booker Prize and a film adaptation is soon to be