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  • Published: 1 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781775531395
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

Fish 'n' Chip Shop Song and Other Stories


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Each beautifully told story in this fine collection resonates with a moving depth of emotional understanding.

Each beautifully told story in this fine collection resonates with a moving depth of emotional understanding.

Having won prizes in major national competitions for four of these stories, had several selected for anthologies of significant New Zealand writing, with numerous broadcast on radio and one even translated into Mandarin, Carl Nixon was long overdue for a book of his own, collecting his stories together. So, here they are. Stories that evoke the South Island landscape as well as the New Zealand urban expanse. Stories that take surprising turns as they explore such things as 'saving' a pet parrot, a fruiterer's true love, a return to Crete, an anticipated seduction and the dreams of a suburban mercenary. There are characters to charm and alarm the reader, characters that are startlingly different and characters that are just like us. There are songs of love and tales of loss, there's humour and there's poignancy.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781775531395
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the Author

Carl Nixon

Carl Nixon is an award-winning short story writer, novelist and playwright, who is, as The New Zealand Listener declared, ‘stunningly talented’. He has twice won the Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition, and was runner-up for the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Short Story Competition in 1999, and won its premier prize in 2007. His first book, Fish ’n’ Chip Shop Song and other stories went to number one on the New Zealand bestselling fiction list, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book.

Nixon completed his first novel while he was the Ursula Bethell/Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence at Canterbury University in 2006. The resulting novel, Rocking Horse Road, saw him identified as ‘a major talent’ by North & South, and was long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC Awards 2009. His second novel, Settlers’ Creek, was also long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, in 2012. His novels have been published in Germany by Weidle Verlag, and Rocking Horse Road appeared on several lists for the best crime novel in Germany in 2012.

His writing for theatre includes The Birthday Boy and The Raft, and he has adapted for the stage Lloyd Jones’s novel The Book of Fame and JM Coetzee’s Disgrace. The New Zealand Herald has said of him: ‘Nixon still shows what a master craftsman he can be . . . Exquisite writing.’

In North & South, Warwick Roger said of Rocking Horse Road: ‘Nixon writes beautifully. He gets the style and timbre of teenagers just right . . . Nixon has fulfilled the promise he showed with last year’s book of short stories, Fish ’n’ Chip Shop Song.’ Owen Marshall wrote of Settlers’ Creek: ‘With no flamboyance, but with talent and a scrupulous art, Carl Nixon establishes himself as one of our best younger writers.’

See more at www.carlnixon.co.nz/

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