Two Oxford dons, Newall and Winterstoke, attend their colleague's funeral.
Afterward Newall reveals the secret that O'Dwyer took to the grave.
During the Battle of Crete in World War II a Maori soldier died in circumstances that led to his family placing a curse on O'Dwyer.
How did the soldier die? Why was O'Dwyer responsible? Gradually Newall tells all. But as he moves in space and time--from his childhood in New Zealand to Crete, from Oxford to Croatia, reflecting on wartime and peacetime, and the generations that have lived through both--it becomes clear that the story is not just O'Dwyer's, but Newall's as well.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 248 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 24/01/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781860468360
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