Synopses & Reviews
In August 1905 a party of young men took ship for England. Among them: four farmers, two bootmakers, and a boatbuilder. They set out from Auckland, never dreaming they would conquer the world. They were bound for fame.
From the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Mister Pip comes an utterly extraordinary novel about the New Zealand rugby team's 1905 tour of Europe. In this singular melding of history and imagination, Lloyd Jones has created a work of great beauty and puritya journey from innocence to celebrity; a story of loss and return.
Lloyd Jones was born in New Zealand in 1955. His best-selling novel Mister Pip won the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Jones is the author of a further twelve books, including the multi-award-winning Book of Fame.
One of the greatest sports novels you will ever read. People who've never even watched rugby just love this book.
About the Author
Multi-award-winning novelist Lloyd Jones was born in 1955 in Lower Hutt in New Zealand and graduated from Victoria University. He has worked as a journalist and covered Papua New Guineas blockade of Bougainville during the 1990s, which formed the setting for his bestselling, Booker-Prize-shortlisted Mister Pip.