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In My Father's Den by Maurice Gee

Hardcover, ISBN 0571098509
Publisher: Faber and Faber (1972), London, First edition.

Near fine hardback and jacket. Red boards are slightly bumped at edges/corners. small mark on back cover. Tight bindings. Dustjacket is not price-clipped. Slight scipping at edges and discolouration on spine with slight marks. 175 pages.

New Zealand author's third book. A novel set in New Zealand. "When Celia Inverarity's body is discovered hidden in a patch of scrub, police suspicion immediately fixes upon Paul Prior, her English teacher" - from dustjacket blurb


The novel was adapted to film in 2004, written and directed by Brad McGann.
The novel follows Paul Prior, an English Teacher in Henderson (called Wadesville in the novel), a suburb of Auckland, after the brutal murder of his student and protégé, Celia Inverarity. In coming to terms with Celia's death Paul must first address his past and the demons that lie within it.

The film adaptation follows a very similar storyline. It follows Paul Prior, a world-weary photographer who returns to central Otago for his father's funeral. The appearance of Celia, who has connections with his past, prompts him to stay and he battles his past while discovering the truth about his childhood and the demons that lie within it.
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