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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869794040
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 330

Settlers' Creek


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A poignant and contentious novel by a rising star of New Zealand literature.

A poignant and contentious novel by a rising star of New Zealand literature.

Box Saxton just wants to bury his teenage stepson’s body in the churchyard near the farm where Box grew up. What happens, though, when the boy’s biological father, a Maori leader, unexpectedly turns up in the days before the funeral and forcibly takes the boy’s body? According to Maori custom the boy must be buried in the tribe’s ancestral cemetery at the small coastal town of Kaipuna. According to the law there is very little Box can do. With no plan and little hope, Box gets in his old truck and drives north, desperate and heartbroken.

Settlers' Creek explores the claims of both indigenous people and more recent settlers to have a spiritual link to the land.

'Brave, bold and unflinching, Carl Nixon's Settler's Creek is one of the best novels to come out of New Zealand. It's not only a gripping, brutal, thriller but also a dissection of a country and its culture. It's the kind of book that gets you run out of town.' - Witi Ihimaera

  • Pub date: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869794040
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 330

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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Praise for Settlers' Creek

“With no flamboyance, but with talent and a scrupulous art, Carl Nixon establishes himself as one of our best younger writers.”

Owen Marshall

“Brave, bold and unflinching, Carl Nixon's Settler's Creek is one of the best novels to come out of New Zealand. It's not only a gripping, brutal, thriller but also a dissection of a country and its culture. It's the kind of book that gets you run out of town.”

Witi Ihimaera


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