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The Singing Whakapapa

The Singing Whakapapa by C K Stead
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What is the truth of history, what are the facts - and how are we to know them?
This powerful novel is the story of John Flatt - missionary agriculturalist, witness to Waharoa's war of the 1830s against the Arawa, to the murder of the young woman Tarore and to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi - and his great-great-grandson Hugh Grady, who more than a hundred-and-fifty years later tried to make sense of his own life by exploring all that has gone before. It is a story laced with passion, betrayal and revenge, at many levels, as greed overtakes good intentions and the cloak of history is pulled aside.
Above all, The Singing Whakpapa is a tale for our time - a compelling historical detective story in which the truth is stranger than any fiction, and in which the present becomes a backseat driver to the past.
The Singing Whakapapa won the New Zealand Book Awards in 1995.

Penguin Books Ltd; June 2016
352 pages; ISBN 9781743487259
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Title: The Singing Whakapapa
Author: C K Stead
 
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