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The Hopeful Traveller

A novel by

A fascinating novel of hope, love, idealism and human progress, made up of two separate stories, which can be read in isolation and yet reverberate against each other. Sometime in the 1860s, in an isolated valley on Banks Peninsula, Harry Head, "the Hermit of Hickory Bay", experimented unsuccessfully with flight. His story forms part of the exuberant blend of fact and fiction which constitutes this tale. The author takes us back to the beginnings of novel-writing, as philosophical play and serious entertainment. Think Crusoe's island, think Utopia. Twelve characters, driven by obsession, hope or the vagaries of chance, come ashore in widely different circumstances onto the same island. Once there, the game can begin. Written in two halves, this is a book to be read from either end. Begin with the past and race toward the future, or begin with the present and circle back towards the past. Time may separate the two sections yet subtle links and twisting events bring them together into a varied, intriguing and compulsive whole.


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Paperback Editions

2002 : New Zealand Paperback

Title: The hopeful traveller
Author(s): Fiona Farrell
ISBN: 1-86941-517-5 / 978-1-86941-517-4 (New Zealand edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

March 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Hopeful Traveller
Author(s): Fiona Farrell
Publisher: RHNZ Adult ebooks
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