Author(s): Lynley Hood
Winner of the Montana Medal for Non-Fiction (History) and Winner, Readers Choice award, 2002. This is a strong and compelling story about one of New Zealand's most high-profile criminal cases - a story of child abuse allegations, gender politics and the law. In detailing the events and debates leading up to and surrounding the Christchurch Civic Creche case, Lynley Hood shows how such a case happened, and why it did. Her penetrating analysis of the social and legal processes by which the conviction of Peter Ellis was obtained, and has been repeatedly upheld, has far-reaching implications. This is superb example of investigative journalism, scholarly analysis and lively writing.
Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Readers' Choice Award 2002 and Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Montana Medal for Non-Fiction 2002.
Lynley Hood's writing career was launched with her award-winning biography of Sylvia Ashton Warner, Sylvia!. It won the 1989 Book of the Year Wattie Award and the Pen First Book of Prose Award. She followed with Who Is Sylvia? The Diary of a Biography and in 1994 Minnie Dean: Her Life and Crimes, a finalist in the NZ Book Awards. Her controversial book A City Possessed published in 2001 went on to win the Montana Book of the Year Award as well as the People's Choice Award. Lynley is a former Burns Fellow, she holds a MSc in Physiology and a Doctorate of Literature from the University of Otago.