ISBN: 978 1 877578 89 2
Writer Elspeth Sandys was born during the Second World War, spent the first nine months of her life in the Truby King Karitane Hospital in Dunedin, and was adopted into the Somerville family at the age of nine months. What Lies Beneath: A Memoir is the story of her search for her birth parents. What she discovered provided answers that were both disturbing and, ultimately, rewarding. This is a searing, amusing, and never less than gripping tale of a difficult life, beautifully told.
Elspeth Sandys’ refreshing honesty and her skill as a writer of fiction and drama propel the reader through an absorbing life story that is equally a commentary on the meaning of memoir and the peculiarities of memory.
A Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley is a beautifully written multi-layered narrative centred on New Zealander Rewi Alley and his part in the momentous political events of mid-twentieth-century China. Part-biography, part-travel journal, part-literary commentary, A Communist in the Family brings together Alley’s story and that of his author cousin, Elspeth Sandys.