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The Wish Child

The Wish Child

Author: Catherine Chidgey
$30.00(NZD)  inc GST

Winner of the New Zealand Book Award for Fiction

Germany, 1939. Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power. Siggi lives in the affluent ignorance of middle-class Berlin, her father a censor who excises prohibited words ('promise', 'love', 'mercy'). Erich is an only child living a lush rural life, aware that he is shadowed by strange, unanswered questions.

Drawn together as Germany's hope for a glorious future begins to collapse, the children find temporary refuge in an abandoned theatre amidst the rubble of Berlin. The days they spend there together will shape the rest of their lives. Watching over Siggi and Erich is the wish child. He sees what they see, he feels what they feel, yet his is a voice that comes from deep inside the wreckage of a nation's dream.


Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize Winner - Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017.

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General Fields

  • : 9781776560622
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : November 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Catherine Chidgey
  • : en
  • : Very Good
  • : 384