A Passing Guest (Harper Collins) 2002

Renate Anderson has loved and lost three men: her English lover, Cecil, her New Zealand husband, Greg, and a young Maori prison inmate whom she befriends in the course of teaching him creative writing.
What happens when a loved one disappears from your life is one of the questions Elspeth Sandys explores in this lyrical and haunting novel. 


Sandys is a highly skilled writer and an accurate observer of life. Both compelling and thought-proving, there is great emotional truth here.’ Margie Thompson. NZ Herald

‘Skillfully crafted, topical and thoughtful… shows an Austenesque flair for dialogue and selection of detail… An absorbing read with much to reflect on, memorable  characters, and some tingling emotional highlights.’ Molly Anderson. Otago Daily Times

‘Defiantly meets head-on some of New Zealand’s most painful Once Were Warriors type issues.’ Jan Treliving-Brown. The Daily News

‘A well written, credible and fascinating read.’ POW. The Gisborne Herald

‘Complex, well constructed narrative.’ Berry Fletcher. Waikato Times

‘Fascinating… Invites  readers to examine their relationships and explore what they really know about the people they love.’ Louise Campbell. The Southland Times

‘Will transport more than a few readers beyond their comfort zones.’ Ross Lay. Sunday Times

‘A very readable novel with insights into some of the hard yet joyful facts about life, death, love and friendship.’ Renee