Keri Hulme

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  • Margery Fee (University of British Columbia)

In 1985, Hulme won the prestigious Booker Prize for her novel the bone people. Its Maori perspective and asexual heroine were unusual, as was its vision of a colonial New Zealand transformed into a postcolonial Aotearoa, where Pakeha (New Zealanders of European descent) and Maori would eat and drink together at the same table. It resonated with the 1981 winner, Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, which similarly imagined an unpartitioned India. Although Hulme has published non-fiction, poetry and stories since then—most recently a short story collection, Stonefish (2004)— it is the long-unfinished novel “Bait” that her readers are waiting for. She says that she has been announcing that it …

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Fee, Margery. "Keri Hulme". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 September 2006
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

Articles on Hulme's works

  1. The Bone People