France
Literature
When Alan Duff’s first novel Once Were Warriors came out in 1990, writer Witi Ihimaera described it as: “The rage of the people who, yes, once were warriors. A breathless, fearless debut.” The sequel, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted? the Sydney Morning Herald called a “masterpiece. Powerful, authentic, moving, brilliantly written.”
Duff has written many other novels. A New Zealand Listener reviewer called him “a definition of one.” Historian Michael King said his first book was “seminal” in NZ literary history. He was also a syndicated, combative newspaper columnist who told it as he saw it.
Twenty one years ago he founded a literacy programme which gives books to disadvantaged primary school children. It has put over 12 million books into homes.
The movie adaptation of Warriors has been seen by virtually every New Zealander. Duff says his biggest success is “becoming a decent human being.” He lives in France.

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