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When Celia Inverarity aged seventeen is found brutally murdered in a secluded West Auckland park one Sunday afternoon Paul Prior her English teacher and mentor is suspected of being her murderer Celia's death and the violence which follows send Maurice Gee is one of these NZ authors that have been floating around my reading consciousness since I could read I think many New Zealanders would first encounter him in school as he writes great childrens fiction In fact I have a very old edition of The world around the corner that I am pretty sure I was given when I was 5 or 6 He is such a fundamental part of the New Zealand literary landscape Somehow despite this my only experience of his adult fiction was Going West something I enjoyed but was out of my depth with at the time So it is with a kind reverential reacuaintance I come to In My Fathers Den and luxuriate in this master wordsmith as he revisits was a thinly veiled Henderson of the post war years I loved this novel for how well he captures the claustrophobic and parochial nature of New Zealand at this time A time when olive oil was only available from the pharmacy and unmarried men with a love for reading books were looked at oddly Although there is a murder at the heart of this book I thought it was at it's best as a meditation on moral absolutism and nostalgia Gee seems to be writing about his own childhood here and when he does so his writing is so graceful and evocative My only slight reservation was with the ending which was rushed and weirdly executed Gee is no master mystery writer Also a couple of exchanges between Paul and 16yr old Celia were jarring and seemed out of step with modern sensitivities However this is still the best NZ novel I have read for a while and it is so refreshing to read of places one knows Riverhead Takapuna Muriwai and The Great North road I might need to go back and revisit the 2004 film version of this which I think may put the emphasis back on the mystery aspect

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Novel and was first published in 1972 It is now an international feature film of the same name In My Father's Den is directed by Brad McGann and Produced by Trevor Haysom and Dixie Linder and stars Matthew Macfayden Miranda Otto and Emily Barcl What a gripping story It starts off very direct with a newspaper article about the discovery of a murdered teenager Celia Inverarity In the article 'Mr Paul Prior the dead girl's English teacher said that he had been asked by the police not to discuss his interview with Celia yesterday afternoon' And the story then takes us into a first person account by said Paul Prior moving from his childhood up to the present with a couple of forays into the ongoing investigation in the present dayThe characterisation is brilliant as we're taken into Paul's family his brother Andrew who is overly anxious to please their rigid fundamentalist mother the Down's Syndrome brother who died young and the father who escaped his wife's judgement in a den disguised as a storage room for poisons We meet a girl Paul loved and to whom he uoted poetry Come my Celia let us prove While we maythe sports of love; Time will not be ours for ever He too soon our goods will sever' later to discover that she named her daughter Celia the murdered Celia of the first chapter We also learn about Charlie Inverarity who once had been Paul's best friendThis is a mystery and an unravelling of how we become who we are It's a fascinating read and the author is well deserving of the accolade printed on the front cover from the NZ Listener Gee is our greatest writer Love Notes (Love Notes, in 1972 It Hearts in Atlantis/Misery is now an Smallpox Strikes! (The American Adventure, international feature film of the same name In My Father's Den Good Vibrations is directed by Brad McGann and Produced by Trevor Haysom and Dixie Linder and stars Matthew Macfayden Miranda Otto and Emily Barcl What a gripping story It starts off very direct with a newspaper article about the discovery of a murdered teenager Celia Inverarity In the article 'Mr Paul Prior the dead girl's English teacher said that he had been asked by the police not to discuss his Jolted Awake interview with Celia yesterday afternoon' And the story then takes us Iron Garland (Harbinger Book 3) into a first person account by said Paul Prior moving from his childhood up to the present with a couple of forays The Ritual into the ongoing A Perfect Day for Bananafish investigation Bloodsworn in the present dayThe characterisation Scene from Hadens POV (Falling Under, is brilliant as we're taken Seven Shades of You (Twin Hearts, into Paul's family his brother Andrew who The First King Adventures Volume 2 is overly anxious to please their rigid fundamentalist mother the Down's Syndrome brother who died young and the father who escaped his wife's judgement Perfect Knowledge in a den disguised as a storage room for poisons We meet a girl Paul loved and to whom he uoted poetry Come my Celia let us prove While we maythe sports of love; Time will not be ours for ever He too soon our goods will sever' later to discover that she named her daughter Celia the murdered Celia of the first chapter We also learn about Charlie Inverarity who once had been Paul's best friendThis Against Nature? is a mystery and an unravelling of how we become who we are It's a fascinating read and the author Me and Mine is well deserving of the accolade printed on the front cover from the NZ Listener Gee Mrs. Robins Son is our greatest writer

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Prior back to examine the past which proves as secret as his father's den in the old poison shed Eventually the murderer is exposed but not before a family has been split apart and old wounds revealed In My Father's Den is Maurice Gee's third I don’t usually borrow library books tagged with the ‘mystery’ icon on the spine but I picked this one up for the daily commute because it was by distinguished New Zealand author Maurice Gee and the blurb persuaded me that it was going to be than the usual for this genre It turned out to be most interestingSeventeen year old Celia Inverarity is found brutally murdered in Cascade Park Auckland and it’s hardly surprising that the teacher who’s been tutoring her privately at his place becomes a suspect The novel is carefully constructed so that while the evidence is only circumstantial his own retelling of events looks very suspicious indeedThe novel was written in 1972 in a innocent era but these days Paul Prior would be hauled up before Conduct and Ethics before he could get to the end of the Walt Whitman poems he shares with Celia To read the rest of my review please visit Public Speaking in the old poison shed Eventually the murderer False Prophet (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, is exposed but not before a family has been split apart and old wounds revealed In My Father's Den A Forfeit Owed (Eldritch Legacy, is Maurice Gee's third I don’t usually borrow library books tagged with the ‘mystery’ The Book of Hebrews icon on the spine but I picked this one up for the daily commute because Daughter Of Vanth it was by distinguished New Zealand author Maurice Gee and the blurb persuaded me that The Red Duke it was going to be than the usual for this genre It turned out to be most Love Notes (Love Notes, interestingSeventeen year old Celia Inverarity Hearts in Atlantis/Misery is found brutally murdered Smallpox Strikes! (The American Adventure, in Cascade Park Auckland and Good Vibrations it’s hardly surprising that the teacher who’s been tutoring her privately at his place becomes a suspect The novel Jolted Awake is carefully constructed so that while the evidence Iron Garland (Harbinger Book 3) is only circumstantial his own retelling of events looks very suspicious The Ritual indeedThe novel was written A Perfect Day for Bananafish in 1972 Bloodsworn in a Scene from Hadens POV (Falling Under, innocent era but these days Paul Prior would be hauled up before Conduct and Ethics before he could get to the end of the Walt Whitman poems he shares with Celia To read the rest of my review please visit


10 thoughts on “In My Father's Den

  1. says:

    Maurice Gee is one of these NZ authors that have been floating around my reading consciousness since I could read I think many New Zealanders would first encounter him in school as he writes great childrens fiction In fact I have a very old edition of The world around the corner that I am pretty sure I was given when I was 5 or 6 He is such a fundamental part of the New Zealand literary landscape Somehow despite this my only experience of his adult fiction was Going West something I enjoyed but was out of my depth with at the time So it is with a kind reverential reacuaintance I come to In My Fathers Den and luxuriate in this master wordsmith as he revisits was a thinly veiled Henderson of the post war years I loved this novel for how well he captures the claustrophobic and parochial nature of New Zealand at this time A time when olive oil was only available from the pharmacy and unmarried men with a love for reading books were looked at oddly Although there is a murder at the heart of this book I thought it was at it's best as a meditation on moral absolutism and nostalgia Gee seems to be writing about his own childhood here and when he does so his writing is so graceful and evocative My only slight reservation was with the ending which was rushed and weirdly executed Gee is no master mystery writer Also a couple of exchanges between Paul and 16yr old Celia were jarring and seemed out of step with modern sensitivities However this is still the best NZ novel I have read for a while and it is so refreshing to read of places one knows Riverhead Takapuna Muriwai and The Great North road I might need to go back and revisit the 2004 film version of this which I think may put the emphasis back on the mystery aspect


  2. says:

    The film In My Father's Den was so remarkable that immediately after watching it I wanted to read the novel upon which it was based It took nearly four years to get my hands on it as it was out of print until recently and to my knowledge is only being published again in New Zealand I read it in two evenings Read? Devoured? Whatever Darker than the film by orders of magnitude the novel is an intensely intimate and unflinching look at a deeply flawed man and the eually flawed system which helped to shape him Paul Prior is no monster but he's no saint either and what makes him fascinating is the self awareness with which he examines himself his life and those around him I felt after the fact as though I had been his lover perhaps; his mother; his friend I've never been so moved by a literary character before Maurice Gee wrote a masterpiece and I look forward now to the rest of his oeuvre


  3. says:

    I chose to read this book as my mother recommended it to me as a great read as well as Maurice Gee is a highly recommended New Zealand author so I was uite interested to read one of his novels As In my fathers den is written by a New Zealand author it ticks off this categoryThis novel is about a seventeen year old girl called Celia Inverarity who is brutally murdered while walking home Paul Prior who narrates the story is Celia's teacher who was the last person to see her alive therefore he becomes a main suspect in the murder case Paul goes back to his childhood a lot throughout the book and you learn many secrets of his past such as the unfortunate death of his brotherMy favourite character in the story was Celia Celia was hard working strong headed and did not like to conform to what the others were doing In the time this book was set women were not expected to go to university but Celia was determined to go anyway to prove to people she could do it One thing I did not like about Celia was how she was too curious which I believe is the reason why she got killed My least favourite character in the novel was Joyce Inverarity who was Celia's mother In Joyce's younger years she dated Paul Prior Joyce broke up with Paul at once when she discovered he had a retarded brother then ran off with Paul's best friend I thought that this was disgusting that Joyce did not want to be with Paul just because someone in his family had disabilities I believe Joyce was to wrapped up in her own world to notice other people therefore making her a very self centred personMy favourite settings from the book is when Paul is a child Maurice Gee describes the novels scenery vividly and it almost feels as though you are in the book I liked hearing about the creek that Paul and his friends used to canoe in or the orchard where they played hide and seek It sounded like a very fun childhoodI thought this book was really good As it was written by a New Zealand author he referenced places in New Zealand that I had heard of and even mentioned MAGS a couple times in it I found I could relate to characters in this story and would definitely recommend it to someone looking for a good read


  4. says:

    I don’t usually borrow library books tagged with the ‘mystery’ icon on the spine but I picked this one up for the daily commute because it was by distinguished New Zealand author Maurice Gee and the blurb persuaded me that it was going to be than the usual for this genre It turned out to be most interestingSeventeen year old Celia Inverarity is found brutally murdered in Cascade Park Auckland and it’s hardly surprising that the teacher who’s been tutoring her privately at his place becomes a suspect The novel is carefully constructed so that while the evidence is only circumstantial his own retelling of events looks very suspicious indeedThe novel was written in 1972 in a innocent era but these days Paul Prior would be hauled up before Conduct and Ethics before he could get to the end of the Walt Whitman poems he shares with Celia To read the rest of my review please visit


  5. says:

    This book was okay I just wasn't convinced by the story and the ending wasn't satisfying There's also a lot of back and forth between the main character's present timeline and his childhood which is something I'm generally never a fan of It was good in terms of writing and characterisation and setting and all that especially cool to get a glimpse of West Auckland from the 30s to the 70s but it just didn't captivate me personally


  6. says:

    I loved this start to finish The story is so cleverly woven and so Kiwi yet not Smart plot and smart witty writing I’ll be looking for Maurice Gee writings


  7. says:

    What a gripping story It starts off very direct with a newspaper article about the discovery of a murdered teenager Celia Inverarity In the article 'Mr Paul Prior the dead girl's English teacher said that he had been asked by the police not to discuss his interview with Celia yesterday afternoon' And the story then takes us into a first person account by said Paul Prior moving from his childhood up to the present with a couple of forays into the ongoing investigation in the present dayThe characterisation is brilliant as we're taken into Paul's family his brother Andrew who is overly anxious to please their rigid fundamentalist mother the Down's Syndrome brother who died young and the father who escaped his wife's judgement in a den disguised as a storage room for poisons We meet a girl Paul loved and to whom he uoted poetry Come my Celia let us prove While we maythe sports of love; Time will not be ours for ever He too soon our goods will sever' later to discover that she named her daughter Celia the murdered Celia of the first chapter We also learn about Charlie Inverarity who once had been Paul's best friendThis is a mystery and an unravelling of how we become who we are It's a fascinating read and the author is well deserving of the accolade printed on the front cover from the NZ Listener Gee is our greatest writer


  8. says:

    In My Father's Den is one of the best books I've read this year To be honest I started it warily The opening with the newspaper articles was so poorly written unrealistic and didn't really grab my attention Luckily things only went up from there The storytelling was easy to follow even as it switched between the past and present day Thanks to the parts dedicated to the main character's childhood I felt like I understood his family's motives I liked the way Maurice Gee dealt with Paul Prior there was definitely something unsettling about him and that started to surface and as the story progressed The mystery and suspense was done well the red herrings were effective and convincing The ending was satisfyingly dramatic and did justice to the rest of the story A great read and I'm looking forward to watching the movie adaption in the near future


  9. says:

    Maurice Gee how I love your writing Everything about this story is pure Gee beautifully written with carefully chosen effective intelligent language every word has to be read The characters are flawed but likeable and the West of Auckland is evoked perfectly Allusions galore and references to schools of thinking I couldn't put the book down but then with about 15% to be read I couldn't bring myself to read it because I didn't want it to end Now to see the movie version she says with very real trepidation


  10. says:

    This is my first novel by an author from New Zealand When I was there several years ago I asked a shopkeeper which book to read by a New Zealand writer She recommended some books and I bought this one The plot was intriguing


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