Talking About O'Dwyer, Paperback Book

Talking About O'Dwyer Paperback

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What really happened to a soldier in the infamous Maori battalion, killed in the battle for Crete during World War II? And why did the soldier s family place a curse on O Dwyer, the officer who was his commander at the time he died?

Half a century later two Oxford dons, Newall and Winterstoke, attend the funeral of their colleague O Dwyer, an expatriate New Zealander.

After the ceremony, Newall reveals to Winterstoke the story of the curse placed on O Dwyer during the war and, in the days that follow, he continues the tales of O Dwyer and his cursed life.

Slowly the stories of Newall, another New Zealander in self-enforced exile, and of Winterstoke are also revealed in Stead s complex and subtle narrative which shifts across time and space from New Zealand to Oxford to Croatia and to Crete at the time of the allied defeat there.

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