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From Under the Overcoat

From Under the Overcoat
 

This collection of vivid, accessible, contemporary stories can be read purely for the immense pleasure they offer. However, the stories can also be read for the way they explore elements from earlier works: from Maori myth and fairy tale to masterpieces by writers such as Katheri... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781869790578
Published 18 February 2011 by Random House
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Orr, Sue

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ISBN-13 9781869790578
ISBN-10 186979057X
Stock Available
Status Available at publisher; usually ships 5-14 working days
Publisher Random House
Imprint Vintage New Zealand
Publication Date 18 February 2011
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Orr, Sue
Category Award Winning
Fiction
Modern Fiction
NZ Post Book Awards (Adult) 2012
Interest Age All ages
Reading Age All ages
Library of Congress Short stories, New Zealand
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 348
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Weight 330g
Dewey Code 823.3
Catalogue Code 178452

Description of this Book

This collection of vivid, accessible, contemporary stories can be read purely for the immense pleasure they offer. However, the stories can also be read for the way they explore elements from earlier works: from Maori myth and fairy tale to masterpieces by writers such as Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce and Anton Chekov. As the award-winning author says, those stories 'touched me deeply and I can recall their substance without hesitation'. Using them for inspiration, she also explores their concerns of dignity, honesty, bravery, weakness and passion. 'Sue Orr's stories have that riveting mesmerizing quality that makes the reader race on, hoping they will never end, yet desperate to find out what happens next. Their stylishness marks a new departure in contemporary short story writing, her weaving of new and vibrant stories on to concepts that began with the great masters of old is high-wire risk taking that succeeds magnificently. I admire these stories immensely: by turn tender, sly, comic, and always deeply informed about the ways of the human heart.' - Fiona Kidman

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Awards & Reviews

Awards Shortlisted for New Zealand Post Book Awards: Fiction 2012.

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Author's Bio

Sue Orr is a graduate of Bill Manhire's creative writing programme at Victoria University in Wellington. She has been a journalist and editor, and spent two years as Governor-General Dame Silvia Cartwright's speechwriter. She has worked in England and France, where two of her three children were born. She now lives with her family in Auckland. From Under the Overcoat was shortlisted for the 2012 NZ Post Book Awards at which it won the People's Choice Award.

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