The Tale of the Anzac Tortoise

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Based on the true story of one of the longest-living and quietest World War I survivors, this is an epic tale of soldiers, nurses, sacrifice and kindness, when siblings Matthew and Marama find themselves transported back in time to the shores of Gallipoli through an encounter with a tortoise. The original tortoise who inspired the story was plucked by a wounded soldier from the battlefield and then gifted to a nurse, who brought him home to New Zealand. That nurse was the great-great-aunt of author Shona Riddell, and the tortoise remained in their family for the next 80 years!

Specifications: 9780473318949| Paperback | 175 x 256mm / 7 x 10in | 36 Pages | Colour | Tortoise Shell Press

Shona Riddell has been a professional writer and journalist for over 15 years. Her articles have been published in the New Zealand Herald, the Listener, and the Sunday Star-Times, among others, and she has worked as a writer/editor for TVNZ, ACP (now Bauer) Media, and Trade Me. Shona lives in Wellington with her husband and two daughters. Shona has written two non-fiction books with Exisle; ‘Trial of Strength‘ and ‘Guiding Lights‘.

Matt Gauldie was New Zealand’s official Defence Force artist for 11 years, one of just a few artists ever to be selected for this prestigious role. Matt is also an award-winning artist. He has exhibited his work publicly through dozens of solo and group exhibitions for almost 20 years, covering themes ranging from rural New Zealand to Maoritanga to Wellington’s nightlife. Over the years he has also been commissioned to paint portraits of notable figures, including former Wellington mayor Mark Blumsky, governor general Jerry Mateparae, former governor general Anand Satyanand, and the governor of Bamyan, Habiba Sarobi.

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