Return to Harikoa Bay

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Owen Marshall's interview on RNZ Standing Room Only Aug 22

New work from the master of the short story and author of the story 'Coming Home in the Dark' made into a major feature film.

'Whenever I think of coming to punish my father, it's always in a strong wind, and that's blowing now as I drive up the long, unsealed track to the house and sheds.'

So begins one of Owen Marshall's superbly subversive stories. He offers up a wide range of subjects, from untimely deaths to unusual discoveries made about friends or neighbours, from burnishing an overseas trip to a tale about saving a business venture- 'Just in time,' said Paddy. 'I thought I was going to have to resort to giving blow jobs in the office.' It wasn't quite as Jane A would have expressed relief, perhaps, but sincere in its own way . . .

With over ten years since his last collection of new stories, Marshall explores his fellow New Zealanders, bringing his wisdom and wry eye to vivid, insightful scenes- 'Places bring back people, people bring back places, and both conjure the cinema of your past.'

Short stories


Owen Marshall

304 pages

H: 235mm W: 155mm Spine: 25mm

Weight: 420 grams