A City Possessed
Subject: General Non-fiction
A City Possessed is a strong, compelling and shocking story about one of New Zealand's most high-profile criminal cases – a story of child abuse allegations, gender politics and the law. In detailing the events and debates leading up to and surrounding the Christchurch Civic Crèche case, Lynley Hood shows how such a case could happen, and why.
Her penetrating analysis of the social and legal processes by which the conviction of Peter Ellis was obtained, and has been repeatedly upheld, has far-reaching implications – not only for our justice system, but for the way in which we see ourselves.
Montana New Zealand Book Awards – 2002 Montana Medal for Non-fiction
Montana New Zealand Book Awards – 2002 Category Winner
Montana New Zealand Book Awards – 2002 Reader's Choice Award