This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman audiobook

This Mortal Boy

By Fiona Kidman
Read by Simon London

Bolinda Audio
9.68 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $39.99

    ISBN: 9781489484383

An utterly compelling recreation of the events that led to one of the last executions in New Zealand.  WINNER OF THE OCKHAM NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS 2019 WINNER OF THE NGAIO MARSH AWARDS 2019 WINNER OF THE NEW ZEALAND BOOKLOVERS PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019 WINNER OF THE NZ HERITAGE BOOK AWARDS 2018 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 moral panic about teenagers, and he was to hang less than five months later, the second-to-last person to be executed in New Zealand. But what really happened? Was this a love crime, was it a sign of juvenile delinquency? Or was this dark episode in our recent history more about our society’s reaction to outsiders? Black’s final words, as the hangman covered his head, were, “I wish you all a merry Christmas, gentlemen, and a prosperous New Year.” This is his story.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

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

WINNER OF THE OCKHAM NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS 2019

WINNER OF THE NGAIO MARSH AWARDS 2019

WINNER OF THE NEW ZEALAND BOOKLOVERS PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019

WINNER OF THE NZ HERITAGE BOOK AWARDS 2018

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 moral panic about teenagers, and he was to hang less than five months later, the second-to-last person to be executed in New Zealand.

But what really happened? Was this a love crime, was it a sign of juvenile delinquency? Or was this dark episode in our recent history more about our society’s reaction to outsiders?

Black’s final words, as the hangman covered his head, were, “I wish you all a merry Christmas, gentlemen, and a prosperous New Year.” This is his story.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In the emotional catharsis experienced by the imprisoned Paddy Black, she demonstrates how redemption may be grasped even at the final hour of the darkest day.” Wall Street Journal
‘Magnetic . . . The ending of a life involves decisions made by many, Kidman reminds us, with opportunities for compassion that are regularly missed until it’s too late’ New York Times
“The fluencies and hard-won command of a good writer bring out their own truth.” Irish Times (Dublin)
“This novel from a noted New Zealand author recreates the 1955 murder case that helped overturn her country’s death penalty. As the book’s title implies, Kidman’s focus is on frailty: the weaknesses of youth and the cracks in society that let fear, panic and punishment thrive.” New York Times Book Review

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Author

Author Bio: Fiona Kidman

Author Bio: Fiona Kidman

Dame Fiona Kidman, OBE, Légion d’honneur, is one of New Zealand’s foremost contemporary writers. A novelist, short-story writer, and poet, she is the author of more than thirty books. She has worked as a librarian, radio producer, and critic and as a scriptwriter for radio, television, and film.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 9.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English