Penguin Books Australia/ Viking UK – First published 1985
Her mother’s death marked a turning point in Zoe Delighty’s young life. It was as though everything she knew about the world – about life and love – died with her.
Zoe’s imaginative life becomes her strength and eventually her means of escape.
Years later, we meet her again in Europe. She is living a colourful, even dazzling life. But what is she making of herself?
This is a novel about self-discovery, passion for people and for living, and – eventually – about healing. Its themes are timeless and universal. Its ideas and emotional frankness are striking. Its effect is stimulating and deeply moving.
“Powerful and sensuous. I entered the world of the story on the first page and lived in that world for days” More Magazine
“For several nights I read avidly till I got to the end – and then felt sorry that the pleasure was over” Sunday Times
“It is ambitious and clever and has truths to tell about the human condition” The Times (UK)
“A brilliant and profoundly moving novel” Lisa Alther, author of Kinflicks
“A truly admirable book” Fay Weldon
“The most impressive New Zealand novel I’ve read since The Bone People…an exceptionally gifted, fluent writer” Metro
“An ambitious, heart-felt odyssey into the themes of death, friendship, sexuality, literature, psychology and sexual politics” HQ Magazine
Running Backwards Over Sand
Penguin Books Australia – Paperback – ISBN 0141003510