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The Wives of Henry Oades - Johanna Moran

The Wives of Henry Oades - Johanna Moran
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Title: The Wives of Henry Oades

Author:  Johanna Moran

ISBN:  9780007339266

Weight:  990g

Signed, numbered (134 of 250)
first edition, first printing

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The Wives of Henry Oades – Johanna Moran

In 1899 Henry Oades discovers he has two wives – and many dilemmas…

In 1890, Henry Oades decided to undertake the arduous sea voyage from England to New Zealand in order to further his family’s fortunes.  Here they settled on the lush but wild coast – although it wasn’t long before disaster struck in the most unexpected of ways.

A local Maori tribe, incensed at their treatment at the hands of the settlers, kidnapped Mrs Oades and her four children, and vanished into the rugged hills surrounding the town.  Henry searched ceaselessly for his family, but two grief-stricken years later was forced to conclude that they must be dead.  In despair he shipped out to San Francisco to start over, eventually falling in love with and marrying a young widow.

In the meantime, Margaret Oades and her children were leading a miserable existence, enslaved to the local tribe.  When they contracted smallpox they were cast out and, ill and footsore, made their way back to town, five years after they were presumed dead.

Discovering that Henry was now half a world away, they were determined to rejoin him.  So months later they arrived on his doorstep in America and Henry Oades discovered that he had two wives and many dilemmas …

This is a darkly comic but moving historical fiction debut about love and family, based on a controversial court case from the early 1900s.

Peer & Press Reviews

A stellar debut novel.  A delicious and painful tale of marriage, suffering, tolerance and sacrifice – a historical saga seen through the lens of two wives, one husband, and the disapproving, cantankerous rabble at the end of Victorian America.

Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

A beguiling, promising debut.  Serious, sometimes horrific developments are lightened by touches of understated, salty wit in Moran’s fact-based historical, a fresh and unusual story.

Kirkus Reviews

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Title: The Wives of Henry Oades
Author:
Book Features
Edition features: These books come from an exclusively commissioned order by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Numbered edition: Yes – 134 of 250 [hand numbered to a page tipped-in immediately before the half title page]
Book features: White boards with pale blue metallic text and red endpapers.
Overall condition: Fine / Very fine – some inconsequential pushing to spine ends.
Signed: Yes – on the number page
Book Stats
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: HarperPress
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780007339266
ISBN 10: 0007339267
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 353
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 142 x 37mm

Collectors Notes & Author Links

  • The Wives of Henry Oades is Johanna’s debut novel.
  • For more information, you might like to visit Johanna Moran’s website.  This is a rich source of info on her life, books and future projects.

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