Stranger Love

by Richard Woolley



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/10/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 274
ISBN : 9781524634605
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 274
ISBN : 9781524634599
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 274
ISBN : 9781524634582

About the Book

Spun around the real events of December 1642, when Dutchman Abel Tasman first sighted New Zealand and Maori people first saw Europeans, STRANGER LOVE is a tale seen through the eyes of Tasman’s sixteen-year old cousin, Jakob, and the similarly-aged daughter of a Maori chieftain, Te Ao-mihia. Jakob’s desire to leave his dull clerk’s job and become a sailor is brutally fulfilled, when, during an attempt to lose his virginity in a brothel, he is press-ganged onto a ship. His journey to the East Indies almost kills him, but once there he manages to join Tasman’s expedition to the Great Southland. Te Ao-mihia also longs to break free from the rules and regulations of her role as a village princess by finding a boy to explore the secrets of love with. In the end, Tasman’s expedition never sets foot on land and his arrival in Maori waters leads to misunderstandings and bloodshed. How, despite this tragic conflict, the Dutch boy and Maori girl meet and find love, albeit of a strange kind, only to see that love become a death sentence, carries this tale of STRANGER LOVE to its bittersweet climax and poignant resolution. ‘Richard Woolley has the rare gift of keeping you anxious to know what happens next.’ David Robinson, The Times

About the Author

Richard Woolley has been a filmmaker, performer, musician and academic, and is still an active author and screenwriter. In the 1980s he wrote and directed films for cinema and TV, re-issued in 2011 by the British Film Institute in a box set entitled An Unflinching Eye. His award-winning films include: Telling Tales (1980), Brothers and Sisters (1981) and Girl from the South (1988). He has written five works of fiction, ranging from the historical novel Friends and Enemies (2010) to the futuristic and speculative novel Sekabo (2014). Richard lives primarily in Auckland, New Zealand.