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This Mortal Boy

By Fiona Kidman | Paperback | 1 Review(s)

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An utterly compelling recreation of the events that led to one of the last executions in New Zealand.

Albert Black, known as the 'jukebox killer', was only twenty when he was convicted of murdering another young man in a fight at a milk bar in Auckland on 26 July 1955. His crime fuelled growing... read more

Format
Paperback
Release Date
02 Jul 2018
Author(s)
Fiona Kidman
Publisher
Random House New Zealand Ltd
ISBN-13
9780143771807
Dimensions
153mm x 233mm x 28mm
Pages
304
Format
Paperback
Release Date
02 Jul 2018
Author(s)
Fiona Kidman
Publisher
Random House New Zealand Ltd
ISBN-13
9780143771807
Dimensions
153mm x 233mm x 28mm
Pages
304

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29 Jun 2018

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This Mortal Boy

I always look forward to the newest title by Dame Fiona – and there has been an extensive list to read. Her honourable title is well deserved and she is ranked amongst the best in New Zealand authors. I particularly like her blend of fiction set against a social snapshot of a bygone era in New Zealand. In This Mortal Boy, the social backdrop is 1950s New Zealand, both in Wellington and Auckland. The new subdivisions of Naenae are a ‘hot bed of crime and dysfunction’ and is the landing place of new Irish immigrant Albert Black. He was in New Zealand for two years before he was the second to last man to hang for murder – known as the ‘jukebox killer’. When we reflect on history it can be one dimensional and context is the missing piece to give full understanding to what led to Black to the gallows. Dame Fiona has created a full context – all aspects of the complete story from ‘who Albert Black was’, where he came from, who did he meet here, who were his friends and what was his character like before darkness shadowed his life? This is what makes this new book so riveting – she adds his mother’s story in Ireland and the reaction of his family from the charges through to court case and death. It’s a story that will make you think and ponder the circumstances. It will make you consider the politics at the time and was it a social reaction to those from outside our nation’s borders. A truly rewarding read and one I will think about for a long time to come.

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