Author(s): P J McKay
When secrets demand to be told . . . Two young women, a generation apart, travel to opposite sides of the world on fraught journeys of self-discovery. 1958: Gabrijela yearns to escape the confines of bleak post-war Yugoslavia and her tiny fishing community, but never imagines she will be exiled to New Zealand- a new immigrant sent to housekeep for the mysterious and surly Roko, clutching a secret she dare not reveal. 1989: Luisa, Gabrijela's daughter, departs on her own covert quest, determined to unpick the family's past. But not all decisions are equal and amid Yugoslavia's brewing civil unrest, Luisa's journey confronts her with culture shocks and dark encounters of her own. Review: A vivid, engrossing family story that crosses oceans and eras, exploring the price two women pay when new and old worlds collide - Dr Paula Morris, MNZM, author of award-winning novel, Rangitira. Prizes: Winner of First Pages Prize, www.firstpagesprize.com 2020. Author Biography: Pip McKay's travels through the former Yugoslavia informed The Telling Time, however the connections she forged within the local Croatian community while researching stories of New Zealand's Croatian immigrants, have been inspirational. Pip holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland (2017) and in 2018, was awarded a Creative New Zealand/NZSA Complete Manuscript Assessment award for the manuscript. The novel's opening is the winner of 2020 First Pages Prize, judged by an international panel and Sebastian Faulks, OBE. Pip lives in Epsom, Auckland.