"A beautiful writer." The Times
When war widow Irene Sandle goes to work in New Zealand’s tobacco fields in 1952, she hopes to start a new, independent life for herself and her daughter – but the tragic repercussions of her decision will resonate long after Irene has gone.
Each of Irene’s children carries the events of their childhood throughout their lives, played out against a backdrop of great change – new opportunities emerge for women, but social problems continue to hold many back. Headstrong Belinda becomes a successful filmmaker, but struggles to deal with her own family drama as her younger siblings are haunted by the past.
A sweeping saga covering half a century, this is a powerful exploration of family ties and heartbreaks, and of learning to live with the past.
'It is a universal and honest book and one I'm sure you'll want to share and discuss. (…) What you get when reading All Day at the Movies is an intimate portrait of one family over time, trying to reach back to the past for some fragment of understanding.' San Francisco Book Review
‘A credible reflection of real life with many relatable issues, All Day at the Movies proves that Kidman is a masterful storyteller’. The Lady Magazine
‘A truly gifted writer. She explores the subtleties of human interaction and family with a deft and insightful hand.’ Trip Fiction
Praise for Songs from the Violet Cafe:
‘Fiona Kidman, a poet, is a beautiful writer’The Times
‘A subtle, intensely wrought novel of echoes and shadows falling across decades and continents. The interwoven lives emerge and disappear with the abrupt clarity of memory. Stark and unsentimental in its acceptance of dependence, warm and haunting about lives never quite –but almost–reclaimed.’ Janet Todd, author of A Man of Genius
‘Absorbing and fearlessly written. Beautifully executed!’ Caroline Wallace, author of The Drowning of Arthur Braxton and The Finding of Martha Lost
Praise for The Infinite Air:
'A superbly written novel offering an intriguing interpretation of one of the world's greatest aviators' History from a Woman's Perspective (US book blog)
‘A sweeping saga of a fascinating life and an entertaining insight into the early days of aviation.’ Historical Novel Society
‘A thrilling tale of adventure and heartbreak – Kidman has triumphantly brought this inspirational heroine to life.’ The Lady
‘A fascinating read.’ Red Magazine
‘A gripping historical read’ Woman’s Own
Praise for Fiona Kidman:
‘We cannot talk about writing in New Zealand without acknowledging Fiona Kidman’ New Zealand Books
‘In her craft and her storytelling, and in her compassionate, gutsy, tough expression of female experience, she is the best we have’ New Zealand Listener