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  • Published: 31 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143771715
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240
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Butler's Ringlet




In this story of male friendship, Fearnley reproduces the cadences and rhythms of rural life and offers insight into a provincial male world seldom explored in recent New Zealand fiction.

In this story of male friendship, Fearnley reproduces the cadences and rhythms of rural life and offers insight into a provincial male world seldom explored in recent New Zealand fiction.

Best friends Warwick and Dean live in rural Southland. Dean, a farmer, is single and lonely - if only he'd admit it to himself. Warwick is caught between his love for a place and his love for Sabine and Ecki, his estranged wife and child now living in Germany. Dean observes Warwick's struggle but has problems of his own: a domineering father he neither loves nor respects, and on-going feelings of guilt and grief for his brother.

Suddenly, Sabine and Ecki return to New Zealand, bringing the past with them to threaten the fragile worlds Warwick and Dean have created for themselves.

  • Pub date: 31 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143771715
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the Author

Laurence Fearnley

Laurence Fearnley is an award-winning novelist. Her novel The Hut Builder won the fiction category of the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards and was shortlisted for the international 2010 Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain writing. Her 2014 novel, Reach, was longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, Edwin and Matilda was runner-up in the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book Awards and her second novel, Room, was shortlisted for the 2001 Montana Book Awards. In 2015, she worked alongside mountaineer Lydia Bradey to write Going Up is Easy, a climbing memoir that was a finalist in the Banff Mountain Literature Award. In 2004 Fearnley was awarded the Artists to Antarctica Fellowship and in 2007 the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago. Laurence Fearnley lives in Dunedin with her husband and son.

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Praise for Butler's Ringlet

“. . . these people are as real and individual as anyone you know well, and the country and its fauna are given understated, but unalloyed affection. It's one thing to admire the writing and characterisation in Butler's Ringlet, and I certainly do; and another thing to get pulled along by the narrative towards an unpredictable denouement, and I certainly did.”

Gordon McLauchlan, NZ Herald

“Fearnley is a meticulous and lyrical recorder of the natural landscape.”

Margot Schwass, NZ Books


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