Title: Hand Me Down World
Authors: Jones, Lloyd
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 313
Year: 2010
ISBN-10(13): 9780143205098
Publisher: Penguin Books
Language: English
Description: Moving from Africa to Europe, a young woman undertakes an ambitious journey involving child kidnapping, people smuggling and exploitation. Revealed to us by the people she encounters, a surprising story unfolds. It is a tale of love and betrayal and need; a contemporary odyssey that compels you to keep on reading to uncover the truth. What's Hot - June 2013

Comments from Groups:

We agreed that it was well written and a clever idea. It was better understood when read twice...It enthused us to read more of Lloyd Jones. Wellington 074

The retrospective telling of the story of Ines through the eye-witness accounts makes the reader work, think, nut-out what is happening here. Mana 001

Excellent book with lots of discussion about the mother-child bond. A thought-provoking rather than an enjoyable read. Auckland 050

All his [the author's] books are 'just so different' and yet every one has been enjoyable and engaging. No one was disappointed with this very different story. Auckland 133

Clever writing with good descriptions. A truly international story. Christchurch 071

Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Grief/loss, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, What's Hot, Blind Foundation book, Larger font


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By: WELL 082 2021-09-29 13:03:04
Enjoyed this book, and the way it was written.

By: AUCK 069 2019-11-06 10:14:28
4.5-5 stars. Really positive response to the book. Very high scores. Well-written and thought provoking.

By: BLENH 016 2018-11-21 14:28:12
Most felt this was a difficult book to read, and it was at times confusing as there were so many voices telling the story. The story itself did promote some good discussion as it is a touching story of parental love, and it was tied together well at the end.

By: PALMN 034 2018-11-21 14:26:12
We all loved the book a great deal. Most of us found it a bit hard to get into, with all the different characters saying their "bit". We spent a long time discussing the questions and were all keen to re-read it, to put some parts into some clearer order. We can highly recommend this read.

By: NELS 019 2018-11-21 14:23:39
A lively discussion - most were Lloyd Jones fans, but did find the story disjointed at times. Some felt the stories within the main story were sometimes irrelevant but the superb writing made up for the few disharmonies.

By: LOWER 008 2018-11-21 14:18:59
Much agreement about the clever construction. Everyone enjoyed reading it. Animated discussion which was much longer than usual. We also thought the questions were thought-provoking. We have read other Lloyd Jones books and found them all different. Our local boy - done good!

By: AUCK 293 2018-11-21 14:16:53
This book rated very highly with our group. Discussion revolved around what a mother will do for her child, and how desperate people behave. It was interesting that the story was told by multiple narrators - most thought this added something extra to the story. Surely we would all tell the same story in a different way.

By: WELL 154 2018-11-21 14:14:18
Awesome read. Stimulated a lot of discussion, and opened some eyes!

By: DUNED 089 2018-11-21 14:12:12
The women enjoyed the book - the men, less so!

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