Mister Pip

Here is another worthwhile read for those who asked. It is Mister Pip by New Zealand author Lloyd Jones. The novel is set in a village on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville, during the 1990s civil war, and told by Matilda, a 13-year-old narrator, this story begins during a blockade. Only one white man remains, Mr Watts. He takes on the responsibility of the children’s teacher, instilling in them a love for his favourite book Great Expectations.

Lloyd Jones brings to life the transformative power of fiction and shows how an alternative world can become a reality. Reading and writing are confirmed as more than worthwhile activities – they are shown to be acts of survival, escape and rebirth, but can also cause conflict and fear.

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