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By Sacha de Bazin | Paperback | 11 Review(s)

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A fascinating novel based on the life of the infamous baby farmer Minnie Dean, the only woman in New Zealand history ever to be hanged./I Accused of infanticide and awaiting trial and then sentence, Minnie confides in Reverend Lindsay. Alternating between these two contrasting personalities, the... read more

Format
Paperback
Release Date
02 Mar 2012
Author(s)
Sacha de Bazin
Publisher
Random House New Zealand Ltd
ISBN-13
9781869797744
Pages
320
Format
Paperback
Release Date
02 Mar 2012
Author(s)
Sacha de Bazin
Publisher
Random House New Zealand Ltd
ISBN-13
9781869797744
Pages
320

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This is a highly readable debut novel of the life of one of New Zealand’s most notorious criminals and the only woman ever to be hanged in this country. Minnie Dean was sentenced to death after being found guilty of murdering the babies and children she was being paid to care for and de Bazin attempts to look beyond the myth of the notorious murderess to find a human being. For the most part she is successful. Minnie comes across as a woman determined to survive no matter what hardship she suffers but had I been on the jury I would have probably found her guilty too. I found the most sympathetic character in the novel to be Reverend Lindsay, the vicar who risks alienating his parish by offering Minnie comfort in her last days. It’s an extremely accomplished debut novel and a wonderful work of historical fiction.

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Awesome review & sounds intriguing! Looking forward to reading:)
14 Mar 2012 14:31:18 | Talia Young

another fantastic review Kerre - you have got me hook, line and sinker with this one. I think this will be my winter read - I can see myself curled up on the couch in front of the roaring fire with a glass of pinot!
14 Mar 2012 21:23:16 | Millie Thomas

Sounds like a great read.
14 Mar 2012 23:58:57 | Elizabeth Minehan

This sounds fascinating. We often don't get the full story from newspaper and history reports. Will great to get the inside and "humanised" story
15 Mar 2012 15:07:57 | Delph Terry

You got me with this one Kerre, will definately be putting this on my must read list for the colder months.
16 Mar 2012 15:46:33 | Rachael Palmer

I really want to read this. It's interesting to be able to learn about New Zealand history and the justice system and what things were like back then. I'm putting this on my (ever-growing) list of books to read.
26 Aug 2012 14:18:28 | Natalie O'Brien

Thanks Kerre We've all heard the story but this sounds like good reading to get the facts and background . Love to read it
14 Dec 2012 18:54:33 | Lesley Mcintosh

I didn't know about this book before, but will definitely put it on my list. I am reading "So Brilliantly Clever" (about Parker & Hulme) at the moment - there seems to be a theme going on here...
14 Dec 2012 18:55:33 | Lisa Smith

Definitely adding to the 'to-read' list.
15 Dec 2012 06:10:11 | Melissa Carroll

this would be wonderful to read as I read the true story from a book from our local library. as a mother this story is unbelievable and astounding
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27 Dec 2012
By Claire Walkinshaw
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The Day She Cradled Me

A compelling story of an infamous lady whose deeds are often brought to our notice even now. Driving past the Winton cemetery, where Minnie's grave (only recently marked) is, I find the whole experience very eerie when we all know how she died - and more importantly why. Great book.

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27 Dec 2012
By Claire Walkinshaw
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15 Dec 2012
By Gina-Marie Lee
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The day she cradled me

Wow sounds like a interesting book just having a baby myself I find it hard to think why someone could kill their children it's definitely going on the wish list for Christmas!

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15 Dec 2012
By Gina-Marie Lee
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16 Aug 2012
By Anne Greenman
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The Day She Cradled Me

An amazing and interesting read. It was hard not to feel some emotion and pity for Minnie Dean. This is a book that leaves you with many questions and at times thinking was she as guilty as she was made out to be. Would recommend this book.

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16 Aug 2012
By Anne Greenman
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15 May 2012
By Sharon Shearer
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The day she cradled me

Having studied early childhood education for the past three years Minnie Dean's name came up a couple of times, listening to other people's opinions about Minnie Dean was shocking. After reading this book I now have a different opinion about Minnie Dean. A very interesting read that changed my mind about her dealings. Well worth the time readings this book.

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15 May 2012
By Sharon Shearer
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12 Apr 2012
By Violet Keen
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couldn't put it down intriging

when I saw this book advertised I thought I must have it as it always has been of interest to me and when my daughter gave me a voucher for my birthday I went out and got it.It has totally changed my mind about the whole history of Minnie society back then was so cruel this book reduced me to tears as I felt so sorry for her the way she was treated who wouldn't panic if little ones died suddenly and the retrial was just a farce new evidence not allowed to be used thank you Kerre for the review & Sacha De Bazin for putting it all together thoroughly enjoyed every page & I will be reading it again I even brought a copy for my sister-in law in Australia for her up-coming birthday she also was delighted. Violet Keen

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12 Apr 2012
By Violet Keen
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11 Apr 2012
By Carol Dougherty
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The Day She Cradled Me

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a job putting it down to do some chores. It made me realise I knew very little of the truth of Minnie Dean. Great read.

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11 Apr 2012
By Carol Dougherty
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10 Apr 2012
By Tanya Borck
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The Day She Credled Me

This is a great read. Very well written. Highly recommended.

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10 Apr 2012
By Tanya Borck
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22 Mar 2012
By Kathleen Emmerson
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The Day She Cradled Me

This a a story I remember hearing as a child and would very much like to read the full story. Kathleen Emmerson

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22 Mar 2012
By Kathleen Emmerson
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15 Mar 2012
By Karen King
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The Day She Cradled Me

Kerre's description of this novel makes it an impelling read for me. To try and understand the question "why"for me is the very reason to read this book. It will certainly go onto my book wish list.

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15 Mar 2012
By Karen King
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15 Mar 2012
By Jean Warburton
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The Day She Cradled Me

Absorbing read. A slight element of doubt about Minnies guilt and motives are thought provoking. The novel was very interesting and well written - I see the author is writing a second novel - great!

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15 Mar 2012
By Jean Warburton
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