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The Price by Janice Madden now at Poppies (Havelock North)

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Media Release regarding The Price being sold in Poppies (Havelock North)
(The story of Eva Madden’s murder by William Price)


Poppies (Havelock North) now selling the book: The Price by Janice Madden

Due to popular demand and after a very successful five-year run, Poppies (Havelock North) have now obtained more copies of The Price by Janice Madden, which tells the story of the life of Eva Madden (the author’s aunt) and her untimely death near Hastings in 1935.

The book was launched at Hastings Central Library in 2005 by the Deputy Mayor of Hastings Cynthia Bowers, who also came to the author’s talk in the Courtroom of The Old Court House in Napier. The author also gave a talk at Poppies Bookshop in Havelock North, which the local community found very revealing. Some were hearing for the first time, the story of the murder of Eva Madden by William Price, who was hung for the crime. The murder of Eva Madden was considered to have been the most heinous crime of the last century. Although it took 17 years to conduct the research and writing for this book, the response to the story was, and still is, amazing.

The author recalls her search for the location of her aunt’s death near Waipawa in 1992, as she climbed over a fence and waded through mud to reach the spot in the stream where her body was placed: “the broken tree, the overhanging willow trees, the muddy banks, the bright green hills .... It was an overwhelming feeling as I stood in that isolated place … I recall the birds singing, the sun shone and stopped my shivering and for a while the entire experience became a dream.”

Take a journey into the world of Eva Madden, A woman before her time.
From the poverty of a working class town, to the servant quarters of a stately hall, to the ship’s deck of a trans-Atlantic voyage. Step ashore with her into the finest chapters of her life. Experience the journey of the bravest of women, through her eyes and through her soul, leaving behind those she loved, in search of answers to life’s greatest questions.

Eva Madden lives on through The Price and is part of New Zealand’s history.

The book, The Price by Janice Madden may be obtained from Poppies (Havelock North) 9 Napier Rd, Havelock North 4130 Phone: 06-875 8406
Email: hn@poppiesbooks.co.nz

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