Title: Antipodeans, The
Authors: McGee, Greg
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 350
Year: 2015
Publisher: Lightning Press
Language: English
Description: It all started with Kiwis Harry Spence and Joe Lamont, escaped POWs from the Italian campaign joining the partisans in 1942. Decades later it's Harry's son Bruce's turn in these northern climes, coaching and playing rugby. And finally, even later still it's Clare, Bruce's adult daughter accompanying her father back to Italy, who will come to understand the family legacy first fashioned in the cauldron of WWII.

Moving between Italy and New Zealand, this is a rich and complex story of intergenerational intrigue, the risk of relationships not disclosed and the inexorable experience of war.
Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Big Read, War theme, Faction, Family Saga, Grief/loss, Historical, Love story, Relationships, 2020 Titles


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By: AUCK 008 2020-10-20 12:29:46
Generally this book was liked as it was interesting and informative, but several thought it could have been shortened considerably. As it is a book for English readers, why write paragraphs in Italian, only to translate them? Did we need to know so much about the science and philosophy of black holes or the strategy of rugby games?

By: LEITH 001 2020-09-28 14:59:09
Enjoyed by the group. A theatre of war we knew very little about, even though Kiwi troops were very involved.

By: WINT 002 2020-08-26 12:42:52
Thoroughly enjoyed by all. Great story. Interesting storytelling.

By: NELS 040 2020-07-24 14:57:34
Thorough research makes this an excellent read.

By: AUCK 015 2020-06-10 13:06:03
Everyone in our group enjoyed this book. It was interesting that 'antipodes' means opposites. NZers generally take it to mean the Australia- NZ area. A well chosen title for a story about all sorts of opposites of cultures and historical periods. The history of the WW2 period in Italy, NZ soldiers' experiences and life in NZ in the post war period, were well integrated into the individual character's story. Clare and Bruce's characters were not fully developed but they were only there to initiate the story.

By: WELL 016 2020-05-25 14:28:43
Hard to get into, but overall enjoyed. Needed family tree to keep track of characters.

By: RICH 007 2019-10-23 13:45:23
A mixed response to this book. Majority didn't persevere. Two of us did and enjoyed the book. We liked the background of the Italian resistance - a different aspect of WW II.

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