Author(s): Ian Cross
Jimmy Sullivan believed he was protected by God until his parents unhappy marriage finally broke down, with tragic consequences. Now a disturbed thirteen-year-old at a Catholic boarding school, Jimmy rages at God for failing him as he tells of his own violent and obsessive reaction to the turbulent events of two years before. Through his uncomprehending and often humorous voice of tough indifference, a very adult drama of marital strife, drunkenness and illicit abortion emerges. Ian Cross vividly evokes life in a provincial New Zealand town in the 1950s, in his tale of the crippling of a bright and hopeful young mind.
Ian Cross was born in 1925. A distinguished journalist, he edited the 'New Zealand Listener' from 1973 to 1977, when he became chairman of the Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand.