A Better Ending

Books, f1 — By on October 12, 2017 10:59 am

Loss and betrayal, secrets and lies, love and redemption, hope and heartbreak: these are the themes of a new novel, written by Amanda Lyne (MA 1998, PostGradDip Bus 2010), who will be familiar to many readers as the former Alumni Manager of the University.

A Better Ending is her first novel, published last month, in which she explores the destructive impact of poverty and of intergenerational cycles of behaviour including rejection, abuse and infidelity. The story is crafted around the dramatic and sometimes tragic events in the lives of three generations of her family, whom she describes as her “feisty, beautiful and broken ancestors”, all born in the Midlands in the UK.

Amanda, who was also born in the Midlands and came to New Zealand with her parents and her two brothers at the age of five, worked for 14 years in Alumni Relations at the University of Auckland before leaving two and a half years ago to follow a dream. She now lives and writes in Mangawhai.

Win a copy

A Better Ending is now out in print – on demand. To enter the draw for one of two free copies of the book, email j.wilford@auckland.ac.nz with the subject line, A Better Ending.

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