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This is an auction for PENELOPE'S ISLAND by James McNeish.

'I lived in New Caledonia for nine years before I realised I was living on a battle-line.'

"So writes Penelope in Jame McNeish's novel about a sheltered Englishwoman caught up in a revolution and a conflict of interests she only half understands. Since the mid-nineteenth century the beautiful but sinister former French penal colony of New Caledonia, seven hundred miles from the Australian coast, has seen three revolutions by indigenous Kanaks. It is against the background of the latest of these, in 1984, which took the French authorities completely by surprise, that Penelope;s story unfolds. In the middle is Penelope, 'the bright one' who photographs orchids in the rain forest: on one side Felix, her husband, who is French, and on the other the gentle and gently smiling Baptiste, who is Kanak - Felix lovable but unpredictable, Baptiste an unwilling revolutionary pitted against them both. Yet it is Baptiste who, by a twist of fortune, binds them together - until the unexpected occurs and Penelope is tempted to abandon him."

Hardback 1990.

301 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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