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  • Creator Eleanor Catton
  • Format Books
  • Publication First United States edition. New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
  • Physical Details
    • 834 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9780316074315, 0316074314
  • OCLC ocn827082565


  • This novel is a murder mystery set in a remote gold-mining frontier town in 19th-century New Zealand. Arriving in New Zealand in 1866 a weary Englishman, Walter Moody, lands in a gold-mining frontier town on the coast of New Zealand to make his fortune and forever leave behind his family's shame. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to investigate what links three crimes that occurred on a single day, events in which each man finds himself implicated in some way. Moody finds himself drawn into a series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries.


  • "Originally published in Great Britain by Granta Books, August 2013."--Verso of title page.


  • A sphere within a sphere -- Auguries - The house of self-undoing -- Paenga-wha-wha -- Weight and lucre -- The widow and the weeds -- Domicile -- The truth about Aurora -- Mutable Earth -- Matters of succession -- Orion sets when Scorpio rises -- The old moon in the young moon's arms

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