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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 248 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 24/01/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781860468360