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While the Fantail Lives
Titchall, Alan
  • ISBN:
    9780473517403
    Paperback
    In Stock: 2
  • $25.00 
  • While the Fantail Lives



    THE PLOT
    In October 1962 eleven-year-old Robert Smith, his family and the village they reside in, are facing a weekend that could decide the end of the world – then things get worse.
    Robert narrates this colourful anti-war story set in a small village in the centre of the North Island, New Zealand, on the eve of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October, 1962.
    The legacy of WWII hangs over the little hydro community as its residents – characters of all ages, ethnicities and nationalities – seek closure,
    forgiveness and even revenge, while preparing
    for a possible nuclear war.
    What is worse, at the beginning of this fateful weekend, Robert has injured a fantail, the bird associated with messaging and death. And this is a white tiwakaka that is the kaitiaki (guardian) of a local kehua (ghostly presence) that will wreak havoc if it escapes.
    While nursing the fantail, Robert finds himself caught up in an unfolding drama that involves an incident at the end of World War Two that returns to shatter the village peace, and he becomes an unwitting pawn in a dangerous and inter-
    generational game of revenge and reconciliation.
    Will the Tiwakaka live and the kehua be
    contained? Will Robert escape Uncle Ronnie’s family war curse? And who the hell is Frank?

    Author: Titchall, Alan
    Imprint: Small New Zealand Publisher