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A startlingly original collection of short stories that was winner of the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book.

A startlingly original collection of short stories that was winner of the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book.

A son worries he is becoming too perfect a copy of his father. The co-owner of a weight-loss camp for teens finds himself running the black market in chocolate bars. A man starts melting and nothing can stop it, not even poetry.

This terrific collection of stories by an exciting new talent moves from the serious and realistic to the humorous and outlandish, each story copying an element from the previous piece in a kind of evolutionary chain. Amid pigeons with a taste for cigarette ash, a rash of moa sightings, and the identity crisis of an imaginary friend, the characters in these eighteen entertaining stories look for ways to reconnect with people and the world around them, even if that means befriending a robber wielding an iguana.

Reviews

This book is of the moment, and is rightly at home on a global platform. Cliff is a talent to watch and set to take the literary world by storm.

Commonwealth Writers Prize judges

Simply the best new collection of short stories I have read in an age.

Nicholas Reid

A Man Melting heralds the arrival of an electrifying new voice on the New Zealand writing scene. These stories are perfectly formed, standalone gems, but the collection also brings together satisfying harmonies as a whole.

The New Zealand Herald

unforgettable, encapsulates what the best short story should do: resonate and hone how we see our world.

Angela Readman, The Short Review

Gorgeous insanity is the purview of Craig Cliff.

Kylie Klein-Nixon, Kapi-Mana News

Cliff's quarry is the human heart and he hones in on it with fierce accuracy.

Kate Duigan, Landfall

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Formats & editions

  • EBook

    9781869791933

    July 2, 2010

    Random House New Zealand

    317 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • Commonwealth Writers Prize
    2011
    Winner
    n/a

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