Starting Over

Thursday, June 15, 2006


Peter Wells is a New Zealand film-maker and author. His films include Desperate Remedies and A Death in the Family. His previous books include the short-story collections Dangerous Desires and The Duration of a Kiss, as well as the novel Boy Overboard, and the beautiful and touching memoir, Long Loop Home.

Despite his openly and explicit gay themes Wells has been critically acclaimed in New Zealand and in 2006 was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature and film.

Iridescence spans two decades of the Victorian era and shifts from amoral theatrical London to dusty provincial New Zealand. The story centres on Samuel Barton, a 'remittance man' sent out to the colonies with a secret scandal in his past. With him he carries an earring made of fabulous jewels with which he intends to buy his freedom. Iridescence tells the story of this jewel, and that of Samuel Barton - a story of intrigue, sexual shenanigans and deception. Its a lovely, well crafted story with strong believable characters and some delightful twists.


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