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The Book of Fame

The Book of Fame

Lloyd Jones

  • awardWinner, Tasmania Prize for Fiction
  • awardWinner, Deutz Medal for Fiction, New Zealand
  • INNOCENCE
    In August 1905 a party of young men took ship for England. Among them: four farmers, two bootmakers and a boatbuilder. Bunny and Fats, Bubs and Massa and all the Georges and Billys. They set out from Auckland, never dreaming they would conquer the world. They were bound for fame.

    FAME
    The first game, in Devon, ‘played in golden farmlight: a surprising victory’. By December they were the ‘wonderful All Blacks’ who had beaten Yorkshire (40-nil), England (15-nil) and Ireland (15-nil). Englishmen stopped them in the streets. ‘Mr Gallaher. Mr Gallaher, sir. How does it feel to be famous?’ ‘The pyramids are famous, son.’ They were a tribe far from home, weary, bedazzled, a little lost—but the world showed them wonders.

    WONDERS
    The world came to look at them, and they looked back: the Eiffel Tower, snow on Tierra del Fuego, English lords, Consommé Sarah Bernhardt. America! But years later, it was something else that remained indelible. A feeling shared, grave and simple, that survived all the acclaim.

    ACCLAIM
    Winner of the Tasmania Prize for fiction
    Winner of the Deutz Medal for fiction

    In this singular melding of history and imagination, Lloyd Jones has created a work of great beauty and purity—a journey from innocence to celebrity; a story of loss and return.

    Lloyd Jones
    About the Author

    Lloyd Jones has written novels, short stories and a memoir. He won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his novel Mister Pip. His other books include Hand Me Down World and A History of Silence. Lloyd lives in Wellington.

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    Extent:
    192pp
    Format:
    Paperback
    Text publication date:
    30 July 2007
    ISBN:
    9781921145971
    AU Price:
    $27.99
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