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The Captive Wife

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The Captive Wife by Fiona Kidman
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When Betty Guard steps ashore in Sydney, in 1834, she meets with a heroine's welcome. Her survival during a four-month kidnapping ordeal amongst Taranaki Maori is hailed as nothing short of a miracle. But questions about what really happened slowly surface within the elite governing circles of the raw new town of Sydney. Jacky Guard, ex-convict turned whaler, had taken Betty as his wife to his New Zealand whaling station when she was fourteen. After several years and two children, the family is returning from a visit to Sydney when their barque is wrecked near Mount Taranaki. A battle with local Maori follows, and Betty and her children are captured. Her husband goes to seek a ransom, but instead England engages in its first armed conflict with New Zealand Maori when he is persuaded to return with two naval ships. After her violent rescue, Betty's life amongst the tribe comes under intense scrutiny. Based on real events, this is the compelling story of a marriage, of love and duty, and the quest for freedom in a pioneering age.

Accolades

Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Readers' Choice Award 2006.
Runner-up for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Fiction Category 2006.
Release date NZ
August 12th, 2005
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Country of Publication
New Zealand
Imprint
Vintage New Zealand
Pages
368
Dimensions
133x198x24
ISBN-13
9781869416867
Product ID
1670894

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