Historical novel set in 1930s SINGAPORE
The Broken Book
Location(s): Christchurch, Napier
Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Travelogue
Fiona Farrell’s meandering travel book shows how an earthquake can change everything in a flash: the book you were writing, the house you were living in, the thoughts that preoccupied you. The Broken Book consists of four essays about life and walking, bookended by a preamble and an afterword, and interrupted by 21 poems about the Christchurch earthquakes and their aftermath. The poems jolt into the essays like aftershocks, like cracks in the text; they make you pause and reconsider. The Broken Book is funny, timely, deeply personal but never self-indulgent – it shows Fiona’s talents as a writer and warmth as a human being.
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