Author(s): Mark Stephenson
It is 1947. Anna seeks refuge in New Zealand, bringing only a borrowed suitcase and a number tattooed on her arm. She begins a new life with Des, an easy-going waterside worker. He too has been damaged by the war -and is soon to be embroiled in the troubles on Wellington's wharves. Haunted by her experiences in a concentration camp, Anna has important choices to make. This is a story of survival, love and redemption. For some people there are no second chances. For others, there is hope.
Mark Stephenson grew up in the United Kingdom but moved to New Zealand in 1985 to work as a junior doctor in Invercargill. He has lived in Wellington since 1989 where he works as a GP and writes part time. He lives with his partner, a daughter and two dogs. His short stories have been published in JAAM, Takahe, New Idea, Viola Beadleton's Compendium of Seriously Silly and Astoundingly Amazing Stories and Washington Square. This is his first novel.