In a cave set back from the ocean, on the coast of New Zealand, Louise and Schmidt hide along with two local boys frightened of being called up to fight in the Great War. But the sensual rhythm of the tango lessons which Schmidt teaches on that sandy cave floor will have devastating consequences for all of them.
Two generations later, Schmidt's fiery granddaughter Rosa, running an Argentine restaurant, captivates a young man with the same sultry music that inspired seduction and deception so many years before.
Lloyd Jones is the author of ten novels, and is the winner of the Commonwealth Prize, the Montana Medal and the Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize among others. In 2007, his first book to be published in the UK, Mister Pip, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance was shortlisted for the Montana New Zealand Book Award. He lives in Wellington, New Zealand.