Victoria University of Wellington
(Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, this nove...)
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, this novel explores love, obsession and stranger danger.Wallace is a door-to-door salesman. When he meets six-year-old Jania, his life gains a new dimension. He is in love. This is 'pure' adoration. Or is it?Esther, reluctant grandmother, is too self-absorbed to notice the drama that is about to break.Innocence carries its own dangers: love grows where least expected. The little girl might have some answers of her own, but who will listen?
(Lively, pertinent and honest about the realities of growi...)
Lively, pertinent and honest about the realities of growing older, this thoroughly engaging novel is impossible to put down.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. The perfect solution? Not exactly. Una comes complete with sixteen-year-old Sheree, who is very loud, very pregnant. And why exactly is she there anyway? For solace, Clarice turns to another acquaintance, Beryl, who in turn confides in her imaginary friend, Greg, borrowed from a seventies TV drama. These wacky but entirely believable women bounce off each other uncomfortably: Clarice catches up with the truth about Una's past; Una deals with her oddball boyfriend in unexpectedly dramatic fashion; Beryl argues with Greg; and young Sheree spins closer to the birth of her baby.
Duckworth attended Victoria University of Wellington in 1953 and in 1956.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Duckworth worked variously in public relations, nursing, factory work, and library work. At the age of 23, her first work A Gap in the Spectrum was published. Since then, she works as a freelance writer, living in Wellington, New Zealand.
Duckworth's most recent work is called Playing Friends. It was published in 2007.
(Lively, pertinent and honest about the realities of growi...)2007
(Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, this nove...)1997
Duckworth is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors and PEN.
Duckworth was married four times. Her first marriage was with Harry Duckworth. However, it ended in a divorce and in 1964, she married Ian Macfarlane, with whom she also got divorced in 1972. Her third husband was Daniel Donovan. The couple, however, lived together till 1978, when Donovan eventually died. At last, she married John Batstone on June 8, 1985.
Duckworth has 4 children: Helen, Sarah, Anna and Amelia and 3 stepchildren: Michael, Susan and Timothy.