The Lie That Settles was launched at Unity Books Wellington on 19 September 2013.
Dame Fiona Kidman, Linda Niccol and me at the launch.
I am very grateful to Unity Books, Gladstone Vineyard and the 200 or so guests who attended. We sold out of stock at Unity on the night.
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WHERE CAN I GET IT?
The Lie That Settles is available in New Zealand bookstores. RRP is $NZ35.00 inc gst.
New Zealand readers
can order direct from me ($25 inc postage) firstname.lastname@example.org
Overseas readers ($NZ 25 plus postage)
A second edition of the book is now available worldwide on Amazon.com under our new publishing brand Petone Publishing. See https://www.amazon.com/author/peterfarrellnz
NEW ZEALAND MEMORIES Issue 130 February/March 2018
The leading article "Assisted Immigration: Arriving in National Park, 1965" is an edited extract from The Lie That Settles
"When I heard Peter was publishing a memoir I said that I would
be happy to write a review; well it would be easy, I write
myself and have no difficulty in sitting down and running off
a few hundred words so it was going to be a breeze.
Or so I thought, now this is the easy bit. Peter has written a lucid and absorbing memoir. It is clear and to the point; free of the valedictory tone, the self justification that marks so many autobiographical works. It is honest and pulls no punches and the writing carries you along with the narrative.
Now the bit that I found not at all easy; I have to declare an interest here, I am an old Red Hillian, a former pupil of the school where Peter grew up and where his mother was matron. I knew MOF and saw Peter several times in the early 1960s although I doubt he remembers me, he was working and living away from RHS, I was barely into my teens.
It hadn’t occurred to me that having been there for a brief moment in Peter’s tale and having known some of the people involved would make writing about it so difficult. It did, it has, and I can only hope that these few words do the book some justice. The temptation was to write a memoir of my own but this is Peter’s tale not mine.
When the book arrived I read it through in one sitting and I'm not ashamed to admit that in places it moved me to tears. It brought back many memories; it made people I thought I had known live again and in the case of MOF showed me what a truly remarkable woman she was. We were a strange community and I have come to realise that we were in many ways boys and staff (the ones who lasted) kindred spirits.
I owe a great debt to MOF and the others, a debt that can never be paid. I am indebted to Peter for making the past live again and for shining a light on things that we were unaware of at the time. This book is more than a memoir; it is a tribute to a remarkable woman, Marion O’Farrell; it is a contribution to the history of a great school and a contribution to the social history of the times both MOFs and Peters."