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My First Nervous Breakdown

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Don't worry, I haven't finally caved under the pressures of endless coffee drinking. Instead, I've joined the fantastic line-up of writers at The Nervous Breakdown , one of the most exciting literary websites around. What does this mean for you, the reader? Well, at the very least it'll mean more of my work online, as I'll be contributing regularly to the site, publishing travel articles, non-fiction essays, and the occasional slice of memoir. If you want a sample of what to expect, then I've just published an excerpt from my book Ka Mate on the site, entitled In Extremis: Jumping the Shark in New Zealand . Go check it out. While you're there you should take a look around the rest of their site too, because The Nervous Breakdown has some truly great writers on board, and it's the perfect source for some (free) cultural insights. They publish fiction, essays, memoirs, reviews... it's your one-stop shop for everything literary. In addition I wi

Short fiction news: 'Getting By' published in Two Hawks Quarterly

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Everything lately has been about the publication of Ka Mate: Travel in New Zealand , so it's nice to be able to offer some different news for a change. My short story ' Getting By ' has just appeared in the latest issue of Two Hawks Quarterly , so please go check it out. It starts with the discovery of a wallet, and ends with a walk through the autumn leaves. What better way to usher in the new season? I have to thank both Lena and Lewis for this one too, as they read early drafts of this story and offered some invaluable insights. Thanks guys - I do appreciate it! Make sure you check out the rest of Two Hawks Quarterly while you're there too, and Like them on Facebook . They deserve your attention, as do all the small press journals that still keep our literary world alive.

'Ka Mate' paperback comes to Barnes & Noble... and the UK!

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Good news all round for those of you who have yet to get your hands on a copy of Ka Mate: Travels in New Zealand . The paperback edition of the book is now available from Barnes & Noble , and at a very competitive price too. Hopefully that'll get it into a few more hands! And that's not all. Ka Mate is also now available in paperback in the UK, via those fine folks at The Book Depository . The price changes slightly from day to day (depending on the exchange rate, as it's still an import) - but the really good news is that The Book Depository offers free shipping, so the whole exchange is as pleasant as a fine Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc. Remember that Christmas is coming as well, so you may want to stock up on copies for your uncle, or those vaguely literate nephews. Now you have no excuses...