Nominated by:

Auckland Libraries, New Zealand

Publisher of nominated edition:

Upstart Press, New Zealand

The Antipodeans

Greg McGee      

2017 Longlist

Beginning with the return to Venice of an old man determined to confront his past, The Antipodeans spans three generations of a New Zealand family and their interaction with three families of Northern Italy. From Venice to the South Island of New Zealand, from the assassination of a Gestapo commander in WWII to contemporary real estate shenanigans in Auckland, from political assassination in the darkest days of the Red Brigade to the vaulting cosmology of particle physics, The Antipodeans is a novel of epic proportions where families from the opposite ends of the earth discover an intergenerational legacy of love, blood and betrayal.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Greg McGee originally came to literary attention when he wrote the iconic New Zealand play Foreskin’s Lament. Since then he has had a successful career writing for television, but again broke into the literary consciousness as Alix Bosco winning the inaugural Ngaio Marsh award for crime writing. He has been published internationally.

Librarian’s Comments

A brilliant and ambitious work from an author at the top of his game, spanning three generations and both hemispheres, and filled with fascinating details on subjects which range from politics to particle physics.

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