Nominated by:

Wellington City Libraries, New Zealand

Publisher of nominated edition:

Vintage, New Zealand

The Legend of Winstone Blackhat

Tanya Moir    

2017 Longlist

A powerfully realised novel that weaves the past with the present and the real with the imaginary.

In Winstone’s imagination, the Kid and his partner ride through the Wild West on the trail of their quarry. In Winstone’s actual life, he’s had to abandon his ‘partner’ and is hiding out in the tough landscape of Central Otago. What has this boy run from, and how will the resilient and engaging twelve-year-old survive?

This moving, inventive and hard-hitting novel will remain with you long after you have finished the last page.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Tanya Moir, was born in Southland in 1969 and now lives on the west coast of Auckland with her husband. She studied with the Hagley Writers’ Institute and received the Margaret Mahy Award in 2008. Her first book, was the critically acclaimed historical novel La Rochelle’s Road. Her second novel, Anticipation, was published in 2013 to rave reviews, the Dominion Post saying: ‘…Tanya Moir weaves a story as rich, intricate and colourful as a tapestry. It is briskly told and is deeply, satisfyingly good…’ Moir was a 2013 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow.

Librarian’s Comments

A powerful, heart-wrenching narrative that refuses to be forgotten.

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