Going West (Popular Penguin)
For all the promise of his name, Jack Skeat cannot be a poet. His friend Rex Petley - eel-catcher, girl-chaser, motorbike rider - takes that prize. Is he also a murderer? And why, forty years later, does he drown out on the Gulf? Jack has to find out, and is drawn to examine their lives. Going West has long been regarded as one of the most autobiographical of Maurice Gee's novels.
Maurice Gee has long been considered one of New Zealand's finest writers. He has written more than 30 books for adults and young adults and has won numerous literary awards, including the UK's James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, the Wattie Award, the Deutz Medal for Fiction, the New Zealand Fiction Award and the New Zealand Children's Book of the Year Award.