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Emma Neale is a novelist and poet. Her novels, all published by Random House, are Night Swimming, Little Moon, Double Take, Relative Strangers, and Fosterling. She is also the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent of which is The Truth Garden (Otago University Press, 2012).
She was the Burns Fellow at the University of Otago for 2012 and a past recipient of the Todd/Creative New Zealand New Writers Bursary, the NZSA/Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature, and the Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry. She received the Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship in 2014.
Her fifth collection, Tender Machines (OUP) was long-listed in the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Her novel, Billy Bird (Penguin Random, 2016) was short-listed for the Acorn Prize at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
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A young man is found unconscious in a remote forest. He is over seven-feet tall, his skin covered in thick hair, which reminds onlookers of an animal's pelt. When he wakes in a city hospital, he is eerily uncommunicative. Speculation begins.
Doctors want to run tests on him, the media want to get his story, and the public want to gawp and prod. When a young woman befriends him and he starts to talk, his identity seems to grow more complex. On his release from hospital, events drive him into hiding. Yet how can a young man of such uncommon appearance find true refuge?
A moving, compelling story about society and our reactions to difference, convincingly evoked, beautifully written.
Tender Machines (2015)
In this follow-up collection to the award-winning The Truth Garden, Emma Neale asks where exactly do the personal and the political drop hands? In poems that are engaged, compelling, witty and moving, she looks at how we navigate a true line through the psychological, environmental, social and economic anxieties of our times. The book examines love in its many guises, and also energetically responds to the distractions and delights of the digital age.
The Truth Garden (2012)
The breath held or expelled in wonder, frustration or delight energises Emma Neale's writing. Poems in The Truth Garden take risks because they need to; in the clamour of family life they have required attention, collected thought and a spirited attitude. How else to "stockpile time, how hoard its shine," except in poems drawn from relationships, home and garden and cast in words that "spill like incandescence around your hands." - Cilla McQueen, 2011 Kathleen Grattan Award judge
The Truth Garden is a beautifully produced collection of poetry that won the Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry 2011. The award was established with a bequest by Jocelyn Grattan, in memory of her mother, who was a poet, journalist, and editor. The Truth Garden is produced with attention to the traditional qualities of fine book production, in typography, illustration, design, paper, and binding. Additionally, the book is illustrated by Kathryn Madill and designed by Fiona Moffat.
See this link: http://penguin.co.nz/books/billy-bird-9780143770053