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Wells, Peter 1950-2019

Works: 68 works in 195 publications in 1 language and 2,025 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Gay fiction  Biography  History  Family histories  Historical fiction  Documentary films  Novels  War fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Director, Scenarist
Classifications: PR1309.H57, 823.010806642
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Most widely held works by Peter Wells
The Penguin book of gay short stories by David Leavitt( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These stories illuminate the common ground of gay male experience - as well as its astonishing diversity."--Jacket
Dangerous desires by Peter Wells( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The New Zealand film maker of "A Death in the Family" makes his literary debut with three stories devoted to the loves of homosexuals. "Who has not been a slut has not been human," he proclaims on the first page
Georgie girl( Visual )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles Georgina Beyer, Maori transsexual, former sex-worker and cabaret performer, and New Zealand Member of Parliament. Raises questions about her largely white, naturally conservative rural electorate and national politics. Follows the bi-cultural trajectory of Georgina's life from farm to nightclub to government
The hungry heart : journeys with William Colenso by Peter Wells( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Printer, botanist and missionary, William Colenso was a nineteenth-century maverick, a true original. He protested at the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, arguing that Maori did not fully understand its implications. He became a troubled conscience during the white-hot period of colonisation, maintaining his dissident voice throughout his career. Peter Wells refreshes our vision of this awkward, highly talented man, who lost his family after the church expelled him for fathering a child by a Maori woman. Thrown out, Colenso found a home through his collecting - and we can reconstruct regions of New Zealand today only because of his botanical studies. He also found a home through words, writing a remarkable series of pamphlets that open up the past. 'I write for future generations, ' he wrote in 1881. The time has come to welcome Colenso back"--Publisher description
Journey to a hanging by Peter Wells( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1865, Rev Carl Sylvius Volkner was hanged, his head cut off, his eyes eaten and his blood drunk from his church chalice. One name - Kereopa Te Rau (Kaiwhatu: The Eye-eater) - became synonymous with the murder. In 1871 he was captured, tried and sentenced to death. But then something remarkable happened. Sister Aubert and William Colenso - two of the greatest minds in colonial New Zealand - came to his defence. Regardless, Kereopa Te Rau was hanged in Napier Prison. But even a century and a half later, the events have not been laid to rest. Questions continue to emerge: Was it just? Was it right? Was Kereopa Te Rau even behind the murder? And who was Volkner - was he a spy or an innocent?"--Publisher information
Boy overboard by Peter Wells( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jamie Caughey's parents left him in the care of his aunt and uncle when they went to Australia. This story is about Jamie's growing awareness of what adults are and of his own identity as a homosexual
Iridescence by Peter Wells( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Can you keep a secret? Samuel Barton, a remittance man, is blown into Napier in 1871, after an undisclosed scandal. He is damaged goods, but he carries with him an earring made up of fabulous jewels. With this earring he will buy his freedom
The duration of a kiss by Peter Wells( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verhalen niet zozeer over homoseksualiteit, alswel met homoperspectief en met een grote mate van homosensibiliteit
Best mates : gay writing in Aotearoa, New Zealand( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lucky bastard by Peter Wells( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How do you make sense of the past when it suddenly explodes into the present? In post-war Japan, Eric Keeling must investigate an alleged war crime, but do his actions constitute a further crime? In New Zealand, half a century later, this is the question that confronts his two children. They have grown up with a difficult father, who was traumatised by his past as a prisoner of war. Was he a war hero, or guilty of an unscrupulous act of revenge? As their father loses his hold on reality, they must sift through the facts and fictions of what really happened, and in the process they discover a new sense of family
The cat's whiskers : New Zealand writers on cats by Peter Wells( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New Zealand writers celebrate their feline friends in articles, poetry and short stories. Tender, humorous, enlightening and lyrical, this is the perfect book for every cat lover
The kindness of strangers : kitchen memoirs by Shonagh Koea( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kitchen Memoirs looking back over her varied life in a range of roles, including daughter, wife, mother, journalist and novelist, Shonagh Koea has collected a store of vivid memories that often centre on food. In these moving vignettes, she recalls her past, giving us a privileged insight into her life and into a New Zealand that no longer exists, along with delicious recipes and a strong sense of the gentle and significant encounters we make with strangers and acquaintances. Much more than a straightforward memoir, this book is an astute and sometimes wry observation of social interaction, of New Zealand's recent history and of the place that food has in our everyday lives. It is also the intriguing story of a unique writer, of her life, her thoughts and her work
One of them! by Peter Wells( Book )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2016 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One Of Them looks at two best friends in serious denial of their feelings for other males and possibly each other. They see no irony in dishing about hairstyles and movie stars while carrying out homophobic hijinx. But their wide-eyed view of the world comes crashing down when their relationship takes a dramatic turn. The ending is both understated and sublime
Frank Carpay by Douglas Lloyd-Jenkins( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Desperate remedies by Stewart Main( Visual )

13 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A campy melodrama set in the mythical colonial seaport of Hope sometime during the 19th century where Dorothea, an elegant beautiful merchant, lives with her assistant. Dorothea hires a handsome penniless immigrant to seduce her opium-addicted sister away from her sinister paramour
A selected bibliography on rainbow trout, S̲a̲l̲m̲o̲ g̲a̲i̲r̲d̲n̲e̲r̲i̲ Richardson : with particular reference to studies with aquatic toxicants by Peter Wells( Book )

5 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

SciFi classics( Visual )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[White Pongo]: An expeditions sets out to find the legendary white gorilla. The leader may be a wanted killer
Somebody's darling : stories from the Napier Cemetery, 1855-1917 by Peter Wells( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book contains just some of the stories, the history, the families and the environment of early Napier and provides an insight into what life must have been like for our pioneering ancestors, focusing on a selection of the lives of the souls buried in the Napier Cemetery"--Foreword
A Death in the family( Visual )

6 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although this is a dramatisation it is based on actual group experience of the process of dying. It covers the final 16 days of a man's life. Dying of AIDS he has returned to New Zealand to spend his last days with his friends. This film is perhaps unique in its portrayal of dying as both a practical process and a journey into 'a strange and foreign land', as one of the participants describes it. Despite the sadness, the group seems to be overcome by a kind of euphoria
Gazing with a trained eye : fifteen aspects of William Colenso by William Colenso Bicentenary Conference( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These papers were presented at the William Colenso Bicentenary Conference in Napier in November 2011, an event that recognised the importance of Colenso's place in the wider national and international scene as well as that in his native Cornwall and his adopted Hawkes Bay ..."--Introduction, page 3
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The duration of a kissLucky bastardThe cat's whiskers : New Zealand writers on catsThe kindness of strangers : kitchen memoirsSomebody's darling : stories from the Napier Cemetery, 1855-1917
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