Tell You What: Great New Zealand Nonfiction 2017
Susanna Andrew and Jolisa Gracewood
A third great instalment of New Zealand nonfiction curated by two of our sharpest readers.
Great escapes, political harangues, toast-sized slices of contemporaryy Kiwi life. Into the bush, out on the street and all the way to the bottom of the sea, from marae to motorway to mausoleum, this third collection of New Zealand’s best new nonfiction writing heads off in pursuit of home, history and hard truths. Unfamiliar landscapes – Iceland, Middle Earth, Westminster Abbey – mingle with familiar sensations – an old song, the chlorine tang of a swimming pool, the taste of koko alaisa. Tell You What: 2017 bears witness to the range and craft of our very best writers as they show us how we live, where, and why.
Featuring the prose stylings of Greg Bruce, Dylan Cleaver, Adam Dudding, Amber Esau, Sylvia Giles, Tom Goulter, Charlotte Grimshaw, David Haywood, Dylan Horrocks, Ali Ikram, Lynn Jenner, Nic Low, Maria McMillan, Moana Maniapoto, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Talia Marshall, Toni Nealie, Jane Phare, Jenni Quilter, Sistar Six, Tracey Slaughter, Rosabel Tan, Giovanni Tiso, Kennedy Warne, Rebekah White and Ashleigh Young.
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Tell You What 2017 offers proof that brevity hasn’t won completely, and that we still have plenty of publications that give their writers room to ponder. - John Summers, The Pantograph Punch
Personal narrative and in-depth history are woven into everything from slave runs in 17th century Iceland and the 19th century Marlborough Sounds, to the previously unknown story of a Muslim immigrant herbalist, and a 1960s case of arsenic poisoning. - Simon Boyce, Booksellers NZ
It’s hard to imagine a reader who wouldn’t find something to enjoy. - John Summers, The Pantograph Punch