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A stunning collection of stories from one of New Zealand's favourite authors.

A stunning collection of stories from one of New Zealand's favourite authors.

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* A young woman utters her favourite mantras to take on the world.
* An old woman lives like a diva, re-enacting Casablanca.
* In a rewrite of a play, a singer becomes a rock chick in London.
* Moby Dick is reincarnated as an iceberg.
* Darwin’s giant tortoises on the Galapagos Islands are re-encountered.
* A young man adds a twist to his intriguing heritage.

In this richly imaginative and compelling collection of longer stories, Witi Ihimaera makes a playful and delightfully unique nod to influences from the past. Ranging across an intriguing and innovative variety of styles, subjects and settings, they defy the expected to reaffirm Ihimaera as one of New Zealand’s finest technicians and storytellers.


"[Ihimaera's] works are beautifully written, clever and humorous"

Jolene Williams, Bay of Plenty Times

. . . full of experimentation and literary derring-do . . . the show-stopper is the final, title story, 'The Thrill of Falling' . . . is quite brilliant, and the story a beautiful, lambent note on which to finish.

John McCrystal, Weekend Herald

. . . a great combination of the punchiness of a short story, along with more development of character and plot. Add that to Ihimaera's knack for creating characters that seem to come alive off the pages, and you end up with a book that I read in a couple of sittings because I enjoyed it so much.

Mandy Evans, Saturday Express

All six stories are very imaginative and readable, combining references to Maori mythology and New Zealand history in an easy, playful and relaxed style, while pulling off twists and brilliant touches that certainly must keep the reader impressed.

Geoff Adams, Otago Daily Times

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    July 6, 2012

    RHNZ Vintage

    320 pages

    RRP $38.00

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  • EBook


    July 6, 2012

    Random House New Zealand

    320 pages

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