Backwards Into the Future by Bronwyn Elsmore

Backwards Into the Future by Bronwyn Elsmore

Backwards Into the Future

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Everyone knows you can’t go back. Everyone except Mary, because she’s returned to her old hometown. That’s because of two women from her past – Kui, and Ana.

One of them is pushing her, the other is holding back, and between the two there’s much to be resolved.

The plum tree and the manuka have gone, but a lemon tree thrives. The mystery of the Marakihau may never be solved; but if Ana returns, their friendship and some things from the past can be recovered. Can’t they?

     “I love Every Five Minutes from the same Author, and am

delighted to find this book shows her beautiful writing just

as well. The characters are very real and there’s a similar

delicate touch to the prose. Bronwyn Elsmore has a real gift

for saying just enough without too much.

     Backwards Into the Future is a novel with the feel of a

memoir about it – I find the combination very appealing.”


Fiction, novel, women, friendship, New Zealand, cultural heritage, Maori-Pakeha, historical late 20th century, mystery

About the author

Bronwyn Elsmore is a New Zealand author who, over her career, has written across a wide range of genres, fiction and non-fiction.

When she was about ten, she wrote to English Author Enid Blyton saying she was going to be a writer too. The reply, a personalized signed photo, is still in Bronwyn’s possession. She kept to that resolve and although her impressive list of publications does include some stories, books and plays for children she has yet to write about wooden boys with red cars, golliwogs, or children camping in caves.

Bronwyn is the author of hundreds of published works – short stories, articles, and ten books. She has won several short story competitions, been winner of the Playwrights Association’s playwriting competition three times, and earned other writing awards. Twelve of Bronwyn’s plays have been staged in NZ theatres.

She is well known for her non-fiction works on New Zealand Maori religious movements, but these days prefers to write fiction. Though she continues to keep her options open, saying that other genres are on the cards too.

Her latest major work is the novel Backwards Into the Future, set in New Zealand between the 1950s and the present. An earlier novel, Every Five Minutes, has been judged worthy of a B.R.A.G. Medallion.

Bronwyn Elsmore has lived in several places in New Zealand’s North Island – Gisborne, Hastings, Palmerston North, Tauranga, Wairoa – though she has also spent some time in other exotic places such as Honolulu, Rarotonga, Singapore or Suva. For the time being at least, she now lives in Auckland, where she is a full-time writer.

If she’s not at her desk writing, she’s possibly feeding cats or raising monarch butterflies.

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