Under the Mountain

Under the Mountain is a 1979 children's book by New Zealand writer Maurice Gee.[1][2] It has been adapted into a 1981 television miniseries, a 2009 film and stage show.[3][4]

Under the Mountain
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AuthorMaurice Gee
CountryNew Zealand
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)


Beneath the extinct volcanoes surrounding the city, giant creatures are waking from a spellbound sleep that has lasted thousands of years. Their goal is the destruction of the world.

Rachel and Theo Matheson are twins. Apart from having red hair, there is nothing remarkable about them – or so they think. They are horrified to discover that they have a strange and awesome destiny. Only the Matheson twins can save the world from the terror of what is under the mountain.


  1. ^ "Book Review: "Under the Mountain" by Maurice Gee". NexusZine. 28 February 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  2. ^ White, Gregor (7 October 2008). "Book review: Under the Mountain". dailyrecord. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Under the Mountain being turned into a stage show". Stuff. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  4. ^ Christian, Dionne (2 February 2018). "Something nasty under the mountain". The New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 31 January 2019.

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