Heavenly Creatures was the 1994 movie film directed by Peter Jackson that launched his international career, as well as marking the screen debut of Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey. It is the film based on the infamous 1950’s Christchurch murder committed by two teenage girls.
This film changed the lives of Jackson, Winslet and Lynskey, there is no doubt about that, but even more so it changed the life of Anne Perry. The bestselling, award-winning crime writer was publically unmasked as Juliet Hulme, one of the murderers.
Anne Perry has sold 25 million books worldwide, her books have been published in 15 different languages; many of which were published before the release of the film and the discovery of her true identity.
Heavenly Creatures shines a new perspective onto the life of Anne Perry, without a doubt, but it also casts a new light on her novels featuring violent and gruesome deaths as well as issues like infanticide and incest. The talented, acclaimed crime writer was swiftly transformed into the murderer who went on to write, and have published, murder stories.
The Search for Anne Perry is the authorised biography of Juliet Hulme, who went on to become Anne Perry. It has been written by Joanne Drayton who gained access to Anne, her family, her friends, her colleagues and archives to compile the book, a level of access that has not been granted to date.
This biography will tell the true story of Anne Perry’s past and the transformation from Juliet Hulme to Anne Perry. It may even explain the nature of the relationship these teens shared that set them on the course they followed.
I think this is going to make for a compelling read so keep an eye out in all good bookstores in early August.
About the Author:
Joanne Drayton is Associate Professor in the Department of Design at UNITEC, Auckland. Her critically acclaimed 2008 Ngaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime was a Christmas pick of the UK Guardian in 2008. This is her fifth biography.
Publication Date: 1st August 2012