21 May 2017

A change of direction for Dunedin writer Paddy Richardson.

From Standing Room Only, 2:40 pm on 21 May 2017
Through the Lonesome Dark by Paddy Richardson

Through the Lonesome Dark by Paddy Richardson Photo: supplied

Dunedin writer Paddy Richardson is an established crime writer - but her 7th novel you'll find in the "Historical New Zealand fiction section" of your local bookshop, library or online site.

It's set in the lead-up to and during the Great War - initially in Blackball on the South Island West Coast, then in France.

Through the Lonesome Dark follows the fortunes of local lad Clem, who flees Blackball to join other New Zealand soldiers digging tunnels under the French town of Arras.

Before he leaves, we spend time with him and his two closest friends, Pansy and Otto.

Paddy Richardson tells Lynn Freeman what lead her into writing historical fiction rather than another thriller.


You'll find more information about a fascinating project to map the WW1 Arras Tunnels here.