A fictional account of the 1905 All Blacks' tour of Europe - a tour that shaped New Zealand's identity, from which the players returned to find themselves accorded almost god-like status. In August 1905, a motley group of young rugby players set sail for England. By December they were the 'wonderful All Blacks' who had beaten Yorkshire, England and Ireland. Their fame had spread before them across three continents. In this singular melding of history and imagination, Lloyd Jones has created a work of great beauty and purity - a journey from innocence to celebrity, a story of loss and return, based on the true story of the All Blacks' legendary success.
Lloyd Jones is the author of several novels and short story collections which include Mister Pip, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize best book award and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007, The Book of Fame and Hand Me Down World, which was shortlisted for the Berlin International Prize. He has also published a memoir, A History of Silence. He lives in New Zealand.