Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Rosa Mira - exceptional ebooks
Dear readers, greetings from the kauri forest of Auckland's Waitakere ranges where I'm currently WWOOFing. It’s a great pleasure to present you with three new 10,000-word ebooks, written by three mighty talented writers.
In Albatross— three stories — an elderly woman with spiked-up hair and a suicidal bent heads out to sea in her tiny boat; Evan Brody supposes he’d better go and save her.
Chrissie finds a noisy city apartment the unlikely venue for tender realisations about her partner and his contrary father.
Dell Donovan buys a house on the edge of town, trying to make peace with her past, her children, and the uneasy present in which a ghostly figure is nightly tearing up the garden.
These stories describe three small human collisions that serve to challenge assumptions. Discomfort is examined and understanding sought.
In the writing of Dunedin poet and novelist Carolyn McCurdie there is light and grit, subtlety and quiet power.
In her short novella, The Desert Road, Lynn Davidson captures and raw, uneasy beauty of New Zealand’s desert plateau.
Returning home for the first time in eight years, Tess hears the house nibbling and ticking around her as it used to; she takes in the familiar iron and dirt smell of the cold in Turangi where she grew up, her Italian father a tunneller with the Tongariro Power Development.
Familiar, too, is the wariness between her parents and sisters concerning the event that has lain undiscussed between them for decades.
Kindled memory peels back time, to the days of crackling pumice roads and a makeshift kitchen at the mouth of the Tokaanu tunnel — and to the pivotal moment — before Tess left to pursue her musical career in London, before Maria lost the love of her life, before Jeanie, still a child, fled to be with Finn.
In penetrating, honed prose the story gathers to a shocking — then a tender — denouement.
Established poet and short story writer Lynn Davidson lives in Wellington.
Not long after arriving in New Zealand from his native Wales, H.T.R. Williams was hauled from his everyday life into the inner underworld of psychosis.
With unflinching honesty, in his essay, Angel of Reshaping: Fifteen Years of Alienation, he traces that descent and his ancestry, searching for cause and effect. He describes encounters with the medical fraternity and others afflicted, and the disquieting atmospheres of hospitals and halfway houses.
On his disconcerting odyssey he meets his ‘Reshaping Angel’, that subtle inward presence which proves to be a faithful guiding and ordering influence even in the labyrinth of psychic chaos.
I've suffered a lot … but it's not tragic at all because it's made my life meaningful and has helped me to heal. I've come out the other side and made art of it, too.
H.T.R. Williams’s writing is smart, fresh and often funny, his story both rigorous and haunting. He lives in Dunedin.
Interviews with these three authors will appear over the next three days on the Rosa Mira Books Blog.
To buy the ebooks (USD 3 each, or three for USD 6) race on over to Rosa Mira Books.