|Helen McNeil and "A Place to Stand"|
#1 Bestselling author Deborah Challinor sums it up:
‘Helen's story, set in Kawerau during the 1950s when the town is being constructed around the mill, is uniquely New Zealand. The main character, Sandra McLeod, arrives as a child from England with her ‘£10 Pom’ family, but their new life isn’t what they’d hoped for.
|Cover for "A Place to Stand"|
There is a sense, too, with the presence of the Maori and Catholic elements of the story, that Kawerau, perched as it is on a brittle volcanic crust, is a mystical place where both good and bad fortune can be magnified. The revelation of Sandra’s secrets is perfectly timed to keep the reader turning pages, and the conclusion is as satisfying as you could hope for. A compelling and really quite haunting read from a new and distinctive voice in New Zealand fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed it.’
|James interviewing Helen in "Writers & Readers Festival Style"|
|Helen read from her book at the launch|
No book launch event is complete without an author reading from her work. Click here to listen to a pre-recorded clip of Helen reading an extract from A Place to Stand.
|Helen at the launch with Jocelyn Watkin|
Congratulations to Helen, who James and Jocelyn Watkin (co-directors for The Story Bridge) were also proud to support as part of The Story Bridge Writers' Coffee Club.
Find out more:
- About the novel A Place to Stand
- Buy the book: A Place to Stand (printed version)
- Buy the e-book: A Place to Stand (e-book version)
- About Helen McNeil
- About The Story Bridge Writers' Coffee Club
- About Earthsong Eco Village, Ranui, which was the venue for the book launch and is also where Helen lives.