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The Telling Time

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Winner of the international First Pages Prize and shortlisted for the 2020 NZSA Heritage Literary Award.

Two young women, a generation apart, travel to opposite sides of the world on fraught journeys of self-discovery.

1958: Gabrijela yearns to escape the confines of bleak post-war Yugoslavia and her tiny fishing community, but never imagines she will be exiled to New Zealand — a new immigrant sent to housekeep for the mysterious and surly Roko, clutching a secret she dare not reveal.

1989: Luisa, Gabrijela’s daughter, departs on her own covert quest, determined to unpick the family’s past. But not all decisions are equal and amid Yugoslavia’s brewing civil unrest, Luisa’s journey confronts her with culture shocks and dark encounters of her own.

The Telling Time

by PJ McKay

Pulako Press

ISBN: 9780473520113 

Published: August 2020

Format: Paperback, 328 pages

PJ McKay

PJ (Pip) McKay's debut novel The Telling Time was shortlisted for the 2020 NZSA New Zealand Heritage Literary Award and the novel’s opening won the 2020 First Pages Prize, judged by an international panel and Sebastian Faulks, OBE. High Spot Literary agency are currently seeking interest from overseas publishers for the novel. Pip's travels through the former Yugoslavia informed The Telling Time, however the connections she forged within the local Croatian community while researching stories of New Zealand’s Croatian immigrants have also been an inspiration. Pip holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland (2017) and in 2018, was awarded a Creative New Zealand/NZSA Complete Manuscript Assessment award for the manuscript.