Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings
From the Chatham Islands/Rēkohu to London, the 21st century to 1835, this novel confronts the complexity of being Moriori, Māori and Pākehā.
In the 1880s, Mere yearns for independence. Her best friend Iraia wants the same, but as the descendent of a slave, such things are barely conceivable to him. One summer as they approach adulthood, they notice that their friendship has changed, and that, if they are ever to experience freedom, they will need to travel beyond the isolation and safety of their Queen Charlotte Sound home.
One hundred years later, twins Lula and Bigsy's birth is literally one in a million, as their mother Tui likes to tell people. But when Tui dies they learn there is much she kept secret, especially about their heritage. They too will need to travel beyond the world they have known, to an island they barely knew existed, at the eastern edge of New Zealand's Pacific realm.
Neither Mere and Iraia, nor Lula and Bigs are aware that someone else is part of their journeys. He does not watch over them so much as watch through them, feeling their loss and confusion as if it were his own.
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Pacific Region Commonwealth Short Story Prize winner, 'BLACK MILK' is online at GRANTA. Thanks to them for the above image.
"Thirteen quirky, cheeky, edgy stories from a new writer whose inventiveness and empathy mark her as one to watch" David Hill, NZ Herald
Winner of the Nga Kupu Ora Fiction Award 2011
Listed in The NZ Listener's 100 Best Books
and Sunday Star Times Best Books of 2010
Until 5 Aug 2013 only: Against the Prevailing Winds is an issue of Hue & Cry made specifically for the Courtenay Place Park Light Boxes in Wellington. Sixteen writers and artists were asked to write a text, or make a text-based work, in response to the idea that Hue & Cry and Wellington can both be thought of as centres of collision. The short short story 'Courtenay Place' was written with Lawrence Patchett. Images
'Haut und Knochen'
A German translation of 'skin and bones' appears in this German Language edition of Some Other Country, alongside other great contemporary New Zealand short stories. Editor: Bill Manhire. Available from dtv or Amazon.
Tell You What: Great New Zealand Nonfiction 2016
Edited by Susanna Andrew & Jolisa Gracewood
Tell you what: we’ve done it again. Our editors went out into New Zealand and rounded up some of the best true stories from the last year or so. ‘Marvellous’, says John Campbell in his foreword. Read it and we know you’ll agree. Including Tina Makereti on museology & memory.
Tell You What: Great New Zealand Non-Fiction 2015
eds. Jolisa Gracewood & Susanna Andrew
This book collects some of New Zealand’s best true stories from the past year or so together into an anthology. And tell you what: we are swimming in this great nonfiction.
Packed with new essays, poetry and fiction from 42 leading and new New Zealand writers, Sport 42 is a superb overview of current New Zealand writing.
Read free samples from Sport 42:
Tina Makereti’s Frau Amsel’s Cupboard