Title: Party Line, The
Authors: Orr, Sue
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 249
Year: 2015
Publisher: Vintage Books
Language: English
Description: Gypsy Day 1972 heralds the arrival of sharemilker and widower Ian Baxter and his precocious 13-year-old daughter, to a farm on the Hauraki Plains. Gabrielle immediately strikes up a friendship with local Nickie Ward, and the girls in their innocence and outrage end up at odds with their community which seems determined to turn a blind eye to the trauma unfolding in its midst.

This vivid, compelling portrait of New Zealand rural life is also a coming-of-age story recalling the morals and values of our not-so-distant past.

Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Grief/loss, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, 2018 Titles


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By: AUCK 331 2018-08-20 14:39:43
All agreed it was an easy read (not amazing writing) and we enjoyed the NZ context, and the memories of the life that was. It captured the time well.

By: CHCH 145 2018-08-20 14:32:47
An excellent book. A clever and perceptive thought-provoking analysis of the seventies, revisited by Nicola returning in the 21st century - looking at the social taboos, denial of abuse and tragic circumstances.

By: GORE 006 2018-07-30 14:11:14
An interesting story but we didn't like the way it jumped around time wise.

By: HAVE 008 2018-07-30 14:10:18
A complex and revealing story of the small-mindedness of a small country community and its antagonism to anyone who is threatening to 'rock the boat', or failing to conform to its unspoken rules... Boundaries have been set and anyone not adhering to them is ostracised.

By: AUCK 058 2018-07-30 14:07:43
The group all thought the evocation of country life in 1970s New Zealand was skilfully done. Several of the group remembered party lines and had some stories of their own. All thought it was well written and that it held their attention! A number thought the overall feeling was bleak rather than upbeat.

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