Peter Collie is adrift in the wake of his wife’s death. His attempts to understand the turn his life has taken lead him back to the past. After living abroad he returns to New Zealand where he meets Moira. She is an amateur painter who carries secrets of her own. After her death an unexpected revelation forces Peter to navigate anew his roles as a husband, father and son.
‘The New Ships is a gripping novel about lost children and a very fine portrait of family life in all its beauty and betrayal. Intricate, compelling, and deeply moving.’
— Anna Smaill
‘Beautifully fluid, elegant, assured and calm . . . intellectually right and morally true.’
— Emily Perkins
Kate Duignan’s first novel, Breakwater (2001), was published by Victoria University Press. She has published in Landfall and Sport, and has been anthologised in The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories (2009) and The Auckland University Press Anthology of New Zealand Literature (2012). Kate received the Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary in 2002, and held the Robert Burns Fellowship at Otago University in 2004. Kate lives in the Aro Valley, Wellington, with her partner and children.
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