Irish Convict: New Zealand
Due to popular demand (and the size of the original), the Irish Convict novel has been rewritten by Tom O’Connor into four novels with more to come. Irish Convict: New Zealand is book three of the Irish Convict series.
By the time Maurice O’Brien reaches New Zealand, he is a mutineer and an escaped convict. Surviving in the so-called land of heathen savages and cannibals is as dangerous as New South Wales.
Finding a home with the local Maori people in Hokianga is not too dissimilar to living in Ireland. It’s certainly better than being a convict or shepherd, but it’s not without its challenges. He must learn a new language and culture and provide for his young family. There are English men and competing missionaries here too, causing problems and upsetting Maurice’s new found peace.
An English enterprise, the New Zealand Company, owned by the Wakefield family, attempts to secure land in the Wairau, but it all turns terribly wrong when Te Rauparaha refuses to sell. The first armed conflict over land between Māori and Pākehā erupts at Tuamarina.
Based on the true stories of New Zealand’s early history before wide-spread European settlement. The few Pakeha living in New Zealand survived without the infrastructure or laws of their homeland. They traded, hunted whales, or lived as Maori did.
Tom O’Connor is a historian and writer specialising in Maori and New Zealand history.
Paperback. 184 pages. 152 x 229mm. 14mm spine
Genre: Historical Fiction. New Zealand
Kirsten Wilson Publishing
Release date: 29 November 2023