Author(s): C. K. Stead
Gathered from throughout Stead's career, these stories are a reminder of his deft storytelling and literary power. They are clever, sensual, wry and beautifully written, with Stead's subtle sense of humor evident at every turn. The collection can be read as a meditation on the writerly life, and includes a number of new, previously unpublished stories, including "Last Season's Man," which won the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, as well as older stories that have been revised and rewritten. Set in locations as diverse as the South of France, Sydney, Zagreb, Auckland, San Francisco and Oxford, each story is vividly drawn and stays with you long after reading. This extraordinary collection, along with Stead's appointment as New Zealand Poet Laureate, confirms his position as an exceptionally talented writer.
Karl Stead is a distinguished, award-winning novelist, literary critic, poet, essayist and emeritus professor of English of the University of Auckland. He is the current New Zealand Poet Laureate, has won the Prime Minister.s Award for Literature, and is a Member of the Order of New Zealand, the highest honour possible in New Zealand.