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The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke

(2019)
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James Pneke is a young Mori orphan, raised by missionaries, with a burning desire to travel and explore the world. When an English artist on a tour of New Zealand invites James to return home with him, the boy eagerly accepts and agrees to become a living exhibit at the artist's London show.

Gainsborough loathes pandering to grand sitters, but he changes his tune when he is commissioned to paint King George III and his large family. In their final, most bitter competition, who will be chosen as court painter, Tom or Sir Joshua?

By day, James dresses in full tribal outfit, being stared at, prodded and examined by paying visitors. By night, he is free to explore the city, but anything can happen to a young New Zealander on the savage streets of Victorian London and James is unprepared for the wonders, dangers and unearthed secrets that await.

The Imaginary Lives of James Pneke is an unforgettable work of historical fiction in the spirit of Sarah Waters and Sarah Perry.

'A historical love letter to London, a coming-of-age story, a love story' - Stella Duffy

'A riveting vision of the world seen from the inside out. The Imaginary Lives of James Pneke is a gutsy, searing and totally absorbing read. I loved it all the way' - Fiona Kidman

'Made streets I've walked a thousand times seem new and strange' - Damian Barr

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"A historical love letter to London, a coming-of-age story, a love story...Read it." - Stella Duffy


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July 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke
Author(s): Tina Makereti
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September 2018 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke
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November 2019 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Imaginary Lives Of James Poneke
Author(s): Tina Makereti
ISBN: 1-78782-227-3 / 978-1-78782-227-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: F A Thorpe (Publishers) Ltd
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November 2019 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Imaginary Lives Of James Poneke
Author(s): Tina Makereti
ISBN: 1-78782-228-1 / 978-1-78782-228-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: F A Thorpe (Publishers) Ltd
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August 2019 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke
Author(s): Tina Makereti
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September 2018 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Imaginary Lives of James Poneke, The
Author(s): Tina Makereti
Publisher: Random House New Zealand
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