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Mortmain by Judy Corbalis
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All seems calm in Castleton, New Zealand, but its small-town respectability hides guilty secrets and a tumult of rebellion. This is the story of three families, each dominated by a patriarch- the snobbish lawyer; the eccentric aristocrat; and the Maori chief, who meet to play three-handed chess. Their children and grandchildren begin to recognise that their seemingly structured, ordered society is slowly disintegrating . . . Which of them will escape and fulfil their dreams? And why is someone prowling the town with murderous intent?

Author Biography

Judy Corbalis was born and brought up in New Zealand. She later moved to London with her husband the admired sculptor, Phillip King, who served as President of the Royal Academy. She trained at RADA, and has worked in TV and fringe and community theatre. Her children's books have been published by Deutsch, Hodder and Scholastic - children love them for their humour and the fact that no character behaves as expected. Judy Corbalis is a graduate of the famous MA course for creative writing at the university of East Anglia. Her novels include Tapu and Mortmain.
Release date NZ
March 8th, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Chatto & Windus
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