Displaced is a YA novel of colonial women in early New Zealand, told through the stories of Cornish and Norwegian families to Napier and Norsewood.
Eloise and her family must leave Cornwall on a treacherous sea journey to start a new life in colonial New Zealand. Below decks is Lars with his family and other Norwegian immigrants, the cost of their voyage bonding them to years of labour felling trees in the dense forests around Norsewood. The lives of the two families, and their struggles, intertwine. It’s a story of immigration: what families bring, what they leave behind and how they adapt.
Displaced is a Young Adult Book, but seems to be equally pulling at the hearts of adult readers.
Winner of the Tessa Duder Award 2020, shortlisted for Heritage Literary Awards 2021, and a Storylines Notable Book 2021. Selected by newsroom as one of the 10 best kids books of 2021. Shortlisted for the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2022.
Published by Walker Books, April 2021.
Sequel to follow in 2022.
Review in the NZ Herald by Adele Broadbent, May 2021
Review in Kete by Link Pickering
Review in Magpies Magazine by Trevor Agnew, September 2021 (p7)
Review in Read NZ, by Anabel McPhee, July 2021
Review in the Children’s Book Council of Australia mag June 2021
Audio review on National Radio, Nine-to-Noon, May 2021
Review on Bob’s Books, by Bob Docherty
Review in Read NZ, Te Pou Muramura by Savarna Yang aged 12!
Review in Fennec Magazine book club section, March 2021
Announcement of NZCYA Book awards shortlist
Story in the New Zealand Herald/HB Today
Story by Tess Redgrave in Bay Buzz
Q&A with Waikato District Libraries
Launched at the wonderful Wardini Books in Havelock North in April, and with Tessa Duder and Storylines in Auckland in June.