No Man’s Land is a historical fantasy and a love story set in the golden plains of North Otago.
Dorothea ‘Tea’ Gray joins the Land Service and is sent to work on a remote farm, one of many young women left to fill the empty shoes left by fathers and brothers serving in the Second World War.
But Tea finds more than hard work and hot sun in the dusty North Otago nowhere—she finds a magic inside herself she never could have imagined, a way to save her brother in a distant land she never thought she could reach, and a love she never knew existed.
Inspired by feminist and LGBTQ+ history and family memories of North Otago in wartime, A.J Fitzwater has turned a piece of forgotten women’s history into a tapestry of furious pride and love that crosses cultures, countries and decades.
“A.J. Fitzwater has created a beautiful tale about creating community and finding love in the face of war and oppression.”
—CHARLIE JANE ANDERS, AUTHOR OF ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY
About the author
A.J. Fitzwater lives between the cracks of Christchurch, New Zealand. The Clarions Writer’s Workshop of 2014 presented them to the world somewhat formed, and two Sir Julius Vogel Awards are used interchangeably on any given day as unicorn horns. Their short fiction can be found in a variety of anthologies. No Man’s Land is their first novel.