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The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow: Text Classics

Ronald Hugh Morrieson

Introduction by Craig Sherborne

The same week our fowls were stolen, Daphne Moran had her throat cut.

Fourteen-year-old Neddy Poindexter and his mate Les take swift revenge on the chook-rustling Lynch Gang, but things turn sinister when vulture-like Hubert Salter stalks into Klynham. There’s a sex killer on the loose, and Neddy is in deep fear for the safety of his sister.

In this lost masterpiece, first published in 1963, forgotten New Zealand writer Morrieson combines Boys’ Own adventure, psychological thriller, small-town saga and family farce to produce a brilliant, hallucinatory mixture distinctively his own.

About the Author

Ronald Hugh Morrieson was born in New Zealand in 1922. His books include The Scarecrow, Came a Hot Friday, Predicament, and Pallet on the Floor. He died in 1972.

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26 April 2012
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Praise for Ronald Hugh Morrieson
andThe Scarecrow

‘Had Dickens begun his career in the twentieth century and with a novel whose major theme was sex he might very well have produced a book like The Scarecrow.’

‘Infectious warmth and gusto…one of the most unusual and original novels published in this country for many a long day.’

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  • The Scarecrow
    ISBN: 9781921921971
    26 April 2012
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