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One lifetime, two battles.


It’s 1953 and Briar is a dreamer living with his father in Pukekohe. His behaviour sees him sent to a training farm to be “turned into a man.” But the plan backfires when his arrival awakens feelings in fellow shearer, Aussie.


Tane is the farm foreman and his Māori heritage sets him apart. Briar and Aussie threaten the walls Tane has built around his own secret past; walls created in the trenches of WW1. Tane is confronted with a choice. He cannot change history but maybe he can help change the future.


"Interwoven love stories leapfrogging generations, Tane’s War looks back to the past with insight, empathy and understanding. It shows the tenderness of the human heart and the pain of exclusion, bigotry, misunderstanding. Brendaniel Weir has written a saga of a hidden past.”  - PETER WELLS


“A timely look at the wartime narratives of gay men and their unacknowledged contributions to our past, Brendaniel Weir’s compelling debut novel is a beautifully handled investigation into what underpins the connections between men. Exquisitely raw yet tender, it will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.”  - ANNA KLEIN

Tane's War

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