Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, July 18, 2016
A compelling novel of love and war...............
Ladder to the Moon by P.J. Fry Longview
International Ltd, RRP $34.99
A compelling novel of love and
war from an experienced New Zealand military officer is all the more remarkable
for its realism
It is 1977. Leila Ashrawi, from
a middle-class Palestinian family dispossessed during bitter fighting in the
Arab–Israeli War of 1967, and John Ferris, a New Zealand Army captain serving
as a UN military observer on the Israel–Lebanon border, meet and fall in love.
In a frenetic, confused and violent world – Leila’s brothers are members of the
PLO – the couple’s plan to make a new life together on the other side of the
world comes only at the expense of great anguish and desperation. But then, on
the morning of their departure, Ferris’s vehicle detonates a landmine…
There is page-turning drama and
heart-stopping tension here, and first-class writing, but also humour,
comradeship and, above all, a deeply moving love story that stretches across
more than two decades.
‘Gripping and embracing. A
triumph of spirit in the horror of war.’ Dr Christopher Pugsley
About the author:
Christchurch-born Peter Fry has
experienced civil and military conflict throughout the world. A commissioned
officer in the New Zealand Army, he was seconded to the United Nations in the
Middle East, where he served as a military observer on the borders of Egypt,
Syria, Israel and Lebanon. His army career included periods of service in New
Zealand and South East Asia. He then joined the United Nations as an
international security adviser, working in Iraq, East Timor, the North West
Pacific, Somalia, Pakistan and UN Headquarters in New York.
In 2012 Peter retired from UN
service and returned to Christchurch to be with his wife, Elizabeth, and to
indulge his interest in writing, military history, painting and tramping – and
his passion for pursuing trout.