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  • Published: 15 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775532262
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 235

Yet Another Ghastly Christmas



Witty and poignant, wicked and touching, another entertaining novel from popular writer Shonagh Koea.

Witty and poignant, wicked and touching, another entertaining novel from popular writer Shonagh Koea.

As Christmas approaches, Evelyn's 'friends' the Clarks become more and more anxious about where she is going to spend Christmas, or more precisely with whom. They push forward a worrying assortment of candidates in an effort to ensure it's not with them. Evelyn would rather they just left her alone to let her get on with tending her sparse garden and reading her novel about the soldier who killed himself. His fate starts to be a tempting option to the ceaseless phone calls from Jennifer Clark badgering her to find someone.

As yet another Christmas draws near, showing all the signs of being ghastly, what can Evelyn do?

  • Published: 15 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775532262
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 235

About the author

Shonagh Koea

Shonagh Koea has published short stories, novels and memoir. North & South commented that‘Shonagh Koea has a command of prose, an originality of expression, a sophisticated wit and a richness of imagery, which makes her writing a delight.’She won the Air New Zealand Short Story Award (1981), her novel Sing to Me, Dreamer was a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards (1995), and The Lonely Margins of the Sea was runner-up for the Deutz Medal for Fiction (1999). She has held the University of Auckland Fellowship in Literature (1993) and the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship (1997).

Koea’s territory is ‘the contrast between domestic misery and various forms of withdrawal or escape’ (The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature), and she has been described ‘as addictive as nicotine or coffee — with, perhaps, major withdrawal symptoms’ (Nelson Evening Mail).

Poet Alistair Paterson said of Staying Home and Being Rotten, ‘This is not merely a good book, but a work of brilliance. It establishes Shonagh Koea as a leading New Zealand novelist and a writer of international significance.’

The Kindness of Strangers: Kitchen Memoirs is a collection of Koea’s memories from her various roles as daughter, wife, mother, journalist and novelist, and as such serves as a social history of New Zealand of the past 50 years. Reviewing it in The New Zealand Listener, Graeme Lay called it ‘a truly delectable read’. The New Zealand Herald wrote: ‘the ingredients in Shonagh Koea’s writing — among them a delicate yet incisive wit, keen perception, irony, and an abundance of sensuous imagery — are good enough to stand alone. Still, the 25 plain and tasty very mid-century New Zealand recipes are skilfully interwoven with the episodic memories they give rise to, and slowly build up a fascinating portrait.'

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