Home for me is the most northern province of New Zealand (Aotearoa), Northland or Te Tai Tokerau in the Maori language. My Maori iwi is Ngapuhi and my ancestors’ canoe first came into Northland about 900 years ago. It is here I feel the strongest connection to the earth, the generations who came before, the blood and the bones. I have travelled to many countries, England, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy and Morocco among them. I lived in Australia for many years and became a citizen. I liked all of the countries I visited in different ways but none felt like home. I have Irish ancestry. And in Ireland I felt an ancestral tingle in my blood. Although there was a sense of connection in Ireland it did not feel like home. I have loved staring into camp fires in Australian deserts. Those fires comforted me. But it wasn’t home.
Home for me is feeling a depth of connection to the earth beneath my feet, and the spirits around me. The bones of the ancestors. The blood of ancestors shed in battles for the land. Home is more than shelter, warmth and safety – for me there is an ancestral and spiritual dimension to home. I have built my physical home on land in Northland that has never been out of Maori ownership. I am one of the caretakers of this land. My duty is to pass it on to the next generation at least as good as it was passed on to me. One visitor said ‘the energy is old here.’ There are spirits in the bush. People have seen them. Their presence has been felt. The ashes of one of my uncles has been buried at the roots of a tree on this land. It felt good and right his ashes came to rest there. Somehow the circle was complete. It is here that I feel ‘home’.
My first book Millennium – A Memoir is currently available as both an e-book and a print book. This book is my memoir of the three weeks I spent in Tonga when 1999 became 2000. Interwoven within the slice of life travelogue story are quotes from ancient Hindu scriptures that reflect and resonate with the story being told. This book was well reviewed by Christopher Moore in the New Zealand Listener: “… a genial well-observed book that insinuates itself into the affections.” — Christopher Moore, New Zealand Listener, 2 August 2014
Review from Kate Pill of South Australia:
Millennium: A Memoir is a thought provoking examination of the human character, an honest look at its frailties and strengths. Set in Tonga, at the juncture between the old millennium and the new, the reader is taken on a philosophical journey of what it means to be human. Interspersed with teachings from ancient Hindu scripts that resonate with the action in the memoir, Hoskins has created a sensitively and very well written piece of work that strips away the surface layers of this microcosm of the world, simultaneously revealing both the gritty underbelly and, the raw promise of humanity as a whole. Hoskins holds no punches and it is this, combined with a style reminiscent of Steinbeck that leaves me eagerly awaiting his next offering. I love reading and find many books that I enjoy, but it is only occasionally that I come across a writer who weaves a story that finds a place in my heart. Millennium: A Memoir has done this.
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Blurb for East.
It’s 1994. Junior lawyer, Vince Osbourne, leaves behind a small, mean and viciously circular life in the city representing petty criminals and takes to the road. He’s lived 30 years. The wide continent of Australia is out in front. He’s almost young. Where will the road lead?
East takes in sunsets; rain in the desert; a five-year-old girl on a bike; a battered former thief and jockey; old-timers; young lovers; beautiful women, and aboriginals in public bars. The open road connects many vignettes making a rich tapestry of human encounters.
East is poignant, gritty, funny, sad and above all: human. Hoskins’ laconic prose captures the harsh, arid country in all its big, empty beauty along with quirky exchanges with strangers, travel buddies, shop assistants, workmates, and friends old and new. A journey without and within, East taps into the spiritual realm that lies beneath this land and its people.
East is Peri Hoskins’ latest novel, due for publication in 2016.
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