All Day at the Movies

All Day at the Movies

by Fiona Kidman
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All Day at the Movies by Fiona Kidman

"Fiona Kidman, a poet, is a beautiful writer." —The Times

In 1952, war widow Irene takes her young daughter to start a new life in New Zealand's tobacco fields. But tragedy forces her into the arms of Jock, whose actions will haunt the lives of the couple's future children—though strong-willed Belinda will carve her own path through a changing world and seize a second chance.

Dame Fiona Kidman OBE has published over thirty books, including novels, poetry, nonfiction, and a play. She is one of the most highly acclaimed writers in New Zealand.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910709344
Publisher: Gallic Books Limited
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)

About the Author


Fiona Kidman: Dame Fiona Kidman OBE has published over 30 books, including novels, poetry, non-fiction and a play. She is one of the most highly acclaimed writers in New Zealand.

What People are Saying About This

The Lady Magazine

‘A credible reflection of real life with many relatable issues, All Day at the Movies proves that Kidman is a masterful storyteller’.

San Francisco Book Review

‘It is a universal and honest book and one I’m sure you’ll want to share and discuss. (…) What you get when reading All Day at the Movies is an intimate portrait of one family over time, trying to reach back to the past for some fragment of understanding.’

From the Publisher

‘A credible reflection of real life with many relatable issues, All Day at the Movies proves that Kidman is a masterful storyteller’.

Trip Fiction

A truly gifted writer. She explores the subtleties of human interaction and family with a deft and insightful hand.’

Interviews

I am an only child and I have always been a watcher of families and the different courses brothers and sisters take. But the book is also a hymn and a love letter to small town and rural New Zealand, like the places where I grew up. The book is a kind of summary of the country where I have spent my life.

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All Day at the Movies 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Irene Sandle is a war widow that only has the baby her husband gave her before his death. She tries to return to work after the birth of her daughter. Not to be put out, Irene decides to move out of her parent’s house and work as a tobacco picker. She struggles to survive with her daughter and ends up marrying Jock. Sadly years later she dies in childbirth and leave Jock with four children he is not ready to raise. He in turn marries Charm who is not capable to raise the children either. What follows is neglect, abuse, teen pregnancy, and so much more. This story revolves around Irene and her family over several years. Going against the norm for a woman, Irene is determined to create a life for her and her daughter. They both face trials but Irene does the best she can. So does Jock after Irene’s death. Sadly things don’t get better and all the children have to live with everything that they went through as kids and the choices they make as adults. This is not an easy journey but I really enjoy how Fiona Kidman tells this story. These are real characters that do the best they can to survive and have real human flaws, unfortunately. It is touching and sad what the kids have gone through but it is also a reflection of real life. I think that many will enjoy this story. I received All Day at the Movies from the publisher for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.