C.K. Stead is the renowned author of poetry, literary criticism, short stories, and of novels such as Mansfield and My Name Was Judas. He was awarded the C.B.E. for services to New Zealand literature and was the winner of the 2010 Sunday Times Short Story Award.
'a confident, briskly paced and practical account of one man's self-rescue, but it is a personal odyssey that is also a study of modern society on the run' Irish Times.
'A few chapters in, I found myself in the grip of an artist with the ability to capture mood and beauty in a sentence' Financial Times.
'an elegant and assured novel' The Scotsman.
'fine, thoughtful and insightful' Daily Mail.
'he has the ability to set the scene in a few pithy lines and condense more telling details into a handful of pages than many writers manage in their entire chapters' Sunday Times.
'Stead's writing offers many pleasures ... this is an entertaining portrayal of the years of excess and deceit' BookOxygen.