Season of the Jew
Winner of the 1987 Goodman Fielder Wattie Book Awards. For narrative pace and power, vividness of character and majesty of setting, there has never been a New Zealand novel to match Maurice Shadbolt's Season of the Jew. Praised by critics and fellow writers in Britain and the United States for its monumental quality, it is the haunting story of a band of Maori tribesmen who, stripped of their land and sent into exile, came to identify with the Jews of ancient Israel and took the Old Testament as a plan of campaign against the British colonists. First published 1986.