A Devine in­spi­ra­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Tawa au­thor Thomas W Devine has re­cently pub­lished his fifth novel in the United States.

The 320-page Is­land of Re­grets is set in Welling­ton and Camp­bell Is­land, well to the south of New Zealand.

It tells the story of di­a­monds stolen in South Africa, the dis­cov­ery of a clue to their pos­si­ble where­abouts, and of a search for them on an un­in­hab­ited, mist-shrouded is­land in the South­ern Ocean.

Devine said he was in­spired to write the story by early events that took place on Camp­bell Is­land. ‘‘It blends fic­tion with his­tor­i­cal fact.’’ Camp­bell Is­land is New Zealand ter­ri­tory, a na­ture re­serve and part of the Sub Antarc­tic Is­lands World Her­itage Site. Devine vis­ited the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal sta­tion that used to be op­er­a­tional on the is­land on the last ser­vic­ing run of the GMV Wairua in 1985.

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