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Fiona Sussman - Author

About the Author

Growing up in a publisher's home in South Africa, Fiona Sussman fell in love with language and the written word at an early age. Her family's house was always filled with manuscripts, books and colourful authors. This was during the apartheid era, and witnessing the brutal regime at work sensitised Fiona to the issues of injustice and racial prejudice. The illness and untimely death of her father led her to pursue a career in medicine and work as a GP. She emigrated from South Africa to New Zealand in 1989 where she still lives with her family, juggling her time between writing and running the charity hospital she and her husband established.

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The Last Time We Spoke

The Last Time We Spoke

Author: Fiona Sussman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2017

Winner of the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel On the night that Carla Reid plans on celebrating her wedding anniversary with her husband Kevin and their grown son Jack, their New Zealand farmstead has never felt more like home. But when Ben Toroa and another aspiring gang member brutally force their way into the house with robbery and more on their minds the night and the rest of both their lives take a radically different direction. As Carla struggles to come to terms with the aftermath and bereavement of different kinds, and Ben faces the consequences in prison, their stories continue to interweave.Shortlisted for the New Zealand Heritage Book Awards.

The Last Time We Spoke

The Last Time We Spoke

Author: Fiona Sussman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2016

One mild summer evening in rural New Zealand the lives of Carla Reid, a middle-aged farmer's wife, and Ben Toroa, an illiterate teen, brutally collide. Neither will be the same again, their futures forever linked. In the bleak aftermath of this home invasion, The Last Time We Spoke traces both Carla and Ben's journey as they each try to make sense of their new reality. Carla's long road from rage and resentment interleaves with Ben's time in prison as he hardens into manhood.Set again these parallel stories is also the voice of a Maori ancestor who looks down from Beyond, transporting the story to a wider historical stage. Many years after their first encounter, Carla and Ben's lives once more intersect, again with astonishing consequences.This is an astonishing story about two people trying to make sense of their broken lives. It is a provocative and dark tale, but ultimately one of hope and human possibility.Shortlisted for the New Zealand Heritage Book Awards.

Another Woman's Daughter

Another Woman's Daughter

Author: Fiona Sussman Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2015

Set against the tumultuous background of apartheid South Africa, a powerful and moving debut about family, sacrifice, and discovering what it means to belong Celia Mphephu knows her place in the world. A black servant working in the white suburbs of 1960s Johannesburg, she's all too aware of her limitations. Nonetheless, she has found herself a comfortable corner: She has a job, can support her faraway family, and is raising her youngest child, Miriam. But as racial tensions explode, Celia's world shifts. Her employers decide to flee the political turmoil and move to Englandand they ask to adopt Miriam and take her with them. Devastated at the prospect of losing her only daughter, yet unable to deny her child a safer and more promising future, Celia agrees, forever defining both their futures. As Celia fights against the shattering violence of her time, Miriam battles the quiet racism of England, struggling to find her place in a land to which she doesn't belonguntil the call of her heritage inexorably draws her back to Africa to discover the truth behind her mother's choices and uncover a heartbreaking secret from long agoREADERS GUIDE INSIDEFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

Shifting Colours

Shifting Colours

Author: Fiona Sussman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2014

'This is the sweet memory of Mme, my dear mother. The first sweet memory ...Sometimes her laughter bursts into my head or I hear her call me - my name full and round in her mouth. Frustratingly though, as with all the memories I have of Mme, her face always blurs under the pressure of my focus.'Celia Mphephu works as a maid for Mr and Mrs Steiner in a leafy, white man's suburb of 1960s Johannesburg. When racial tensions in the country reach fever pitch and the Steiners plan to relocate to England, they offer to adopt Celia's young daughter Miriam and raise her as their own. But Miriam finds England to be very different to the place the Steiners have told her about. And so begins her long journey through the years, back to South Africa, to find her mother and herself. Set against the violent backdrop of apartheid South Africa and then the calm of late twentieth century Britain, Shifting Colours traces the lives of a mother and daughter separated by land, sea and heart-rending circumstance.