She has also written for radio, Home to Mother 1976 and Feet First 1981 , adaptations of A Gap in the Spectrum 1972 and A Barbarous Tongue 1973 , and television scripts, The Smiler and the Knife 1971 and instalments of Close to Home 1975—76. Playing Friends 2007 follows Clarice, fifty nine and widowed, with not much money coming in and not many friends, who decides to buy a flat with Una, an acquaintance from her school days. She has won many fellowships and grants, including the Scholarship in Letters 1961, 1972 , the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship 1980 and the Victoria and Auckland University writing fellowships 1990, 1996. Una comes complete with sixteen - year - old Sheree, who is very loud, very pregnant. Esther, reluctant grandmother, is too self-absorbed to notice the drama that is about to break. I enjoyed this tale of midlife need for friendship, although there were aspects of the story that were never fully explained, which left me feeling unsatisfied.
It was published in 2007. She has also edited a book on writing sisters in New Zealand, and an autobiography, Camping on the Faultline. Fifty-nine and widowed, with not much money coming in and not many friends, Clarice decides to buy a flat with Una, an acquaintance from her school days. She was born in Auckland and spent her childhood in England but has lived mainly in Wellington. Wallace is a door-to-door salesman. Her first novel, A Gap in the Spectrum, was published when she was twenty-three; her fifth, Disorderly Conduct 1984 , won a New Zealand Book Award.
This wacky but entirely believable trio of women bounce off each other uncomfortably: Clarice catches up with the truth about Una's past; Una deals with her oddball boyfriend in an unexpectedly dramatic fashion; Beryl argues with Greg; and young Sheree spins closer to the birth of her baby. Lively, pertinent and honest about the realities of growing older, this thoroughly engaging novel is impossible to put down. At the age of 23, her first work A Gap in the Spectrum was published. Duckworth's most recent work is called Playing Friends. North and South One of Duckworth's most engaging novels so far. Since then, she works as a freelance writer, living in Wellington, New Zealand.
And why exactly is she there anyway? At the age of 23, her first work A Gap in the Spectrum was published. Fifty-nine and widowed, with not much money coming in and not many friends, Clarice decides to buy a flat with Una, an acquaintance from her school days. Her heroines often strive to make personal choices and achieve degrees of self determination. In Over the Fence is Out 1969 , set in England and Wellington, a passive English heroine incapacitated by her sadistic, egocentric husband is counterbalanced by his mistress, a strong and self-empowering New Zealander. He earliest works, including A Gap in the Spectrum 1959 were influenced by existential writers such as Sartre and Camus.
This is vintage Duckworth, set in 1981 during the Springbok tour, its heroine, Sophie, afflicted by a mysterious ailment, trying vainly to juggle various lovers against the competing demands of her several children by different fathers. At last, she married John Batstone on June 8, 1985. Both shops hold literary events. She was awarded both the Auckland University Literary Fellowship and the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship in 1996. The couple, however, lived together till 1978, when Donovan eventually died.
Studmuffin was published in 1997. Stead at the 1985 New Zealand Book Awards. Two former friends meet at a school reunion and decide to buy an apartment together. And why exactly is she there anyway? Duckworth has held the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship in Menton, a Fulbright Fellowship in the United States and also a number of writing fellowships, including at Victoria and Auckland universities. Lively, pertinent and honest about the realities of growing older, this thoroughly engaging novel is impossible to put down.
The Horowhenua Mail Duckworth writes spare, uncluttered prose that suits this fast-paced story. And why exactly is she there anyway? She has written fiction, nonfiction, poetry and essays. There was never much of that in her rather hectic earlier life: two countries, forty-nine houses and a shelter shed , twelve schools, four husbands, passing lovers, and friends who die - the ultimate desertion. When he meets six-year-old Jania, his life gains a new dimension. Camping on the Faultline, published in 2000, is her autobiography. And why exactly is she there anyway? Disorderly Conduct 1985 won the New Zealand Book Award in Fiction.
Encroaching sometimes dramatically on her life and work are her friendships with other writers: Shadbolt, Duggan, Baxter. This book shows the loneliness many women experience as they get older, and what they may do to overcome that loneliness. Born in Otahuhu, she spent a wartime childhood in England with her sister, Fleur Adcock , and now lives in Wellington. Unity Books offers a special order service for a wide range of in print titles. Una comes complete with sixteen-year-old Sheree, who is very loud, very pregnant. Lively, pertinent and honest about the realities of growing older, this thoroughly engaging novel is impossible to put down. Education Duckworth attended Victoria University of Wellington in 1953 and in 1956.
Disorderly Conduct jointly received the New Zealand Book Award for Fiction shared with C. Una unexpectedly comes complete with a very loud, very pregnant sixteen year old. Her third husband was Daniel Donovan. Her fifteenth novel Playing Friends was released in 2007. Swallowing Diamonds 2003 traces the life of Bundle who started off abandoned as a baby at a Wainuiomata house.