Riffing on truth, lies and secrets, this collection uses fiction to explore fact, and fact to explore fiction. Fictional characters muse upon the truth behind real people, non-fiction pieces contain short interludes of fiction, fiction is written to read like an essay, made-up elements slip into true accounts. These pieces range the world - from America, to Antwerp to Aoteoroa - and talk about writers and writing, famous figures, family members, witch-burning in Denmark, cyclones and numerous pertinent and stimulating topics. All brilliantly written, each will leave you thinking and desperate to jump back in for more.
Paula Morris, of Ngati Wai and English descent, was born in Auckland. Her first novel,aQueen of Beautya(2002), won the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book of Fiction at the 2003aMontanaaBook Awards. She holds degrees from four universities, including theaIowaaWriters' Workshop. She has published three other novels,aHibiscus Coasta(2005),aTrendy But Casuala(2007) andaRangatiraa(2011; winner of the Fiction Award at the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards), and the short-story collectionaForbidden Citiesa(2008). SheaeditedaThe Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Storiesa(2009) and has published three young adult novels in theaUnited States.Paula has worked inaLondonaandaNew York, first as a publicist and marketing executive in the record business, and later as a branding consultant and advertising copywriter. Since 2003 she's taught creative writing at universities in the US and the UK. She is currently Fiction Writer-in-Residence at the University of Sheffield.