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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

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    July 1, 2012

    RHNZ Vintage

    320 pages

    RRP $34.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    July 6, 2012

    RHNZ Adult ebooks

    320 pages

    RRP $34.99

    Online retailers

    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • iBooks
    • Kobo

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Also by Witi Ihimaera

Sleeps Standing
Black Marks on the White Page
Bulibasha Film Tie-In
Maori Boy
White Lies
I've Been Thinking About You, Sister
Pounamu Pounamu (Anniversary Ed)
The Parihaka Woman
Nights in the Gardens of Spain
His Best Stories
The Matriarch
Pounamu Pounamu
The Whale Rider
Ask the Posts of the House
Sky Dancer
The Dream Swimmer
The Uncle's Story
Uncle's Story