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THE AXEMAN’S CARNIVAL

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Everywhere, the birds: sparrows and skylarks and thrushes, starlings and bellbirds, fantails and pipits – but above them all and louder, the magpies. We are here and this is our tree and we’re staying and it is ours and you need to leave and now.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Catherine
Chidgey

Catherine Chidgey’s novels have been published to international acclaim. Catherine has won the Prize in Modern Letters, the Katherine Mansfield Award, the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship, the Janet Frame Fiction Prize, and the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize for The Wish Child. She lives in Ngāruawāhia and lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Waikato. Her novel, Remote Sympathy, was shortlisted for the DUBLIN Literary Award and the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction, and was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Photo Credit: Ebony Lamb

Catherine Chidgey’s novels have been published to international acclaim. Catherine has won the Prize in Modern Letters, the Katherine Mansfield Award, the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship, the Janet Frame Fiction Prize, and the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize for The Wish Child. She lives in Ngāruawāhia and lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Waikato. Her novel, Remote Sympathy, was shortlisted for the DUBLIN Literary Award and the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction, and was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Photo Credit: Ebony Lamb

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

The well-deserved winner of the Jannn Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction in this years’ Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, the opening lines of Catherine Chidgey’s wonderful book read like poetry. Myth, alliteration, and descriptive language spill from Chidgey’s imagination to create a setting so incredibly Kiwi, you can almost smell the woodsmoke and sweat. The Axeman’s Carnival is a thoroughly modern tale told from the unique point of view of Tama(gotchi); a magpie, who goes viral on the internet. Chidgey portrays domestic violence, hidden, unspoken, mistaken, regretted, repeated, and the violence towards animals that is often a part of farm life – pest control in the form of poison or gun, euthanasia perpetrated on sheep, or dogs who have outlived their usefulness, and the constant threat of death – death by car, death by cold, death by gun, death by dog… Absolutely wonderful! (Christchurch City Libraries). Such a clever, profound and entertaining novel “gothic in feel” with a mischievous magpie as the book’s narrator. This allows the book to really examine the absurdity of humans often hilariously from an outsider’s perspective. It is also a brilliant portrayal of both humanity and the natural world. This novel really does have everything. (Wellington Public Library)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
13/10/2022
Country
New Zealand
Original Language
English
Publisher
Te Herenga Waka University Press
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