Maurice Gee


Then out of the tunnel and
Wellington burst like a bomb.
It opened like a flower, was
lit up like a room, explained
itself exactly, became the
From Going West, Faber and Faber, 1992

Maurice Gee

Maurice Gee is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished and prolific novelists. He is best known for his realistic evocations of New Zealand life, and of human life in general. His novels explore family and community tension, violence as a normal element of life, social constraints versus inner freedom, and the moral courage of individuals who oppose powerful taboos.

His novels for children and young people are noted for their compelling drama and capacity to illuminate fantasy or futuristic settings.


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