Book review of the day: Wooden Man Stone Heart

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Todays review came from Jonno1

Wooden Man Stone Heart

By Paul Wah

John says: “This biography by one of my high school teachers is a compelling read. From a boy working in his parents’ fruit shop he became the first Chinese to be appointed Principal of a state secondary school in New Zealand. Wooden Man Stone Heart is an expression from Chinese mythology, meaning a person of strong determination and willpower who cannot be tempted.”

Unity Books says: This book is unique in the genre of New Zealand heritage literature. Written as an autobiography/social documentary Paul Wah explores with uncompromising honesty the experiences of a young Chinese living a cossetted life in a self-sustaining Chinese family in the rural heartland of Feilding and South Taranaki.

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