For a Fee of Two Shillings
Fate weaves its tricky threads amongst the garment of intrigue and mystery shrouding Miri, a beautiful young Maori woman. Her attempt to materialize her childhood obsession and fantasy to be other than she is, only serves to create a mantle of despair to hover over her life. Her choices, and her mistakes, impact upon her children's lives as well as those she unwittingly influences. These adults are confronted by their own personal weaknesses, and they are given cause to examine their religious and spiritual beliefs, their family relationships, as well as the cultural expectations, bigotry and prejudice, accepted as the norm within pre and post World War II New Zealand society.
Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
An amazing and well written read, the best NZ book in a very long time. Fayes talent to intertwine within the realms of culture and religion resulting in an excellent and plausiable storyline which keeps you spell bound from the very first page to the last. The introduction of all the characters gives an understanding and acceptance of the differences and individual characteristics of NZ human society as a whole. Faye captures so beautifully the typical small town NZ prejudice and differences with an amazing insight into our Maori heritage and culture and an understanding of the divergences. Throw into the mix some Christian religion and belief and the beautiful friendships which develops between an Anglican Minister and an aged Maori Tohanga, two older chaps with not a lot left to offer and the gripping story of a family so torn apart by their kind of love, culture, upbringing and style of living when in the end they find they all belong in some way to each other. AMAZING - The magic remains forever.
Faye Whittaker was born and raised under the shadow of Mt. Taranaki, in a province of Aotearoa (New Zealand) renowned for dairy farming. This story, Faye’s first novel, is taken from her life experienceof the small, seemingly close-knit, service communities that have sprung up amidst the apron of farms that extend from the base of the bush clad mountain out to the coast, The setting she has chosen for this historical tale is a fictitious coastal township, where the mainstays are the church, the adjacent marae (Maori village) and the local pub.