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8th March 2018



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9th January 2018




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All Day at the Movies

Author Fiona Kidman


The choices of the past echo through the generations in this moving New Zealand saga tracing the lives of the Sandle family

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The choices of the past echo through the generations in this moving New Zealand saga tracing the lives of the Sandle family, first encountered in Kidman’s Songs from the Violet Café

When war widow Irene Sandle goes to work in New Zealand’s tobacco fields in 1952, she hopes to start a new, independent life for herself and her daughter – but the tragic repercussions of her decision will resonate long after Irene has gone.

Each of Irene’s children carries the events of their childhood throughout their lives, played out against a backdrop of great change – new opportunities emerge for women, but social problems continue to hold many back. Headstrong Belinda becomes a successful filmmaker, but struggles to deal with her own family drama as her younger siblings are haunted by the past.

A sweeping saga covering half a century, this is a powerful exploration of family ties and heartbreaks, and of learning to live with the past.

‘It is a universal and honest book and one I’m sure you’ll want to share and discuss. (…) What you get when reading All Day at the Movies is an intimate portrait of one family over time, trying to reach back to the past for some fragment of understanding.’ San Francisco Book Review
‘A credible reflection of real life with many relatable issues, All Day at the Movies proves that Kidman is a masterful storyteller’. The Lady Magazine
‘A truly gifted writer. She explores the subtleties of human interaction and family with a deft and insightful hand.’ Trip Fiction
Praise for Songs from the Violet Café:
‘Kidman, a poet, is a beautiful writer’ The Times
‘Readers are in good hands; like all Kidman’s writing, it is engaging and captivating’ The Lady
Praise for The Infinite Air:
‘A fascinating read’ Red Magazine
‘A gripping historical read’ Woman’s Own
‘A thrilling tale of adventure and heartbreak – Kidman has triumphantly brought this inspirational heroine to life’ The Lady
‘The extraordinary story of an extraordinary woman’ Irish News
‘Remarkable’ Saturday Magazine
Bonus Material
A Q&A with Fiona Kidman
11 Things I’d Like My Readers to Know About Me
Fiona Kidman

Meet the author

Dame Fiona Kidman is a leading contemporary novelist, short story writer and poet. Kidman has won numerous awards, and she has been the recipient of fellowships, grants and other significant honours, as well as being a consistent advocate for New Zealand writers and literature. She is the President…

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