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A superb collection of short stories that celebrate the power of the written word.

A superb collection of short stories that celebrate the power of the written word.

Giving an innovative take on the many forms of reading that bombard us in our everyday lives - from e- to junk-mail, gardening to cookbooks, tourist guides to romance novels - these stories play with them all. They illuminate the gap between living and reading, that moment when words become light. These stories are funny, wise, moving and compulsive. They are examples of 'light reading' in their accessibility, but there is also depth and a beautiful style, offering the very best in literary reading.


This brilliant collection of short stories adds to Farrell's considerable reputation as poet, dramatist and fiction writer . . . Don't miss it.

Bay of Plenty Times

. . . she has the rare ability of turning the mundane events of domestic life into profound human experiences. Her writing is poetic, moving and literary.

Beryl Fletcher, Waikato Times

Read the lot, they'll seduce you into sharing Fiona Farrell's vision of a quirky, fascinating world. She lifts the ordinary person into centre stage with an understanding few other New Zealand writers are managing at present.

Pat White

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  • EBook


    December 1, 2015

    RHNZ Adult ebooks

    263 pages

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The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Best Laid Plans
Fool Me Once
The Golden House
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Swing Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Men Without Women
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Paris For One And Other Stories
The Girls
Six Bedrooms
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker
The Trip of a Lifetime