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'The Glideway' by Patricia Reesby.

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Comments from Trade Me buyers of this novel: 'Excellent book'. 'A great read.' 'Very topical'.

For young mother Venna, roads and motor cars are only in story books. With her partner Tim and daughter Grace, she lives in Wellington, New Zealand - a Wellington we wouldn't recognise. It's a seemingly ideal city with no crime, poverty or pollution, let alone traffic congestion. Glides take people wherever they want to go. But city authorities control most aspects of people's lives - including their fertility.

There are rumours that things are rather different in other parts of the North Island. Maybe Venna will have to go and see for herself.

Tim has his own hero's journey. A professional interest in dolphin communication takes him to Marlborough Sounds, where he finds dolphins but gets a bit too close for comfort. Not to be outdone, Grace chooses a new soft toy ... which isn't all it seems. These three innocents have many surprises ahead, including the harrowing new experience of hitch hiking.

Dolphins highlight the contrast between our 'natural' state and the man-made objects on which we now depend. Are machines becoming more like people?

You'll be entertained ... and I believe this novel will set you thinking, especially now we've entered a world of high oil prices and global warming.

Libraries, library suppliers, bookshops and a few school libraries in various parts of New Zealand purchased this book when it first appeared in 2006. I'm keen to hear readers' comments.

ISBN: 0-473-11273-6
Pages: 239
Soft back, 20.5cm x 15cm
Printed by Copy Press, Nelson
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