Penguin New Zealand, 2009

There was no particular version of New Zealand I wished to construct or dismantle, which was just as well: we may get glimpses of a society through its short fiction, but few short stories set out to give us a panoramic social overview, and fiction writers are not government workers, commissioned with compiling accurate, fact-finding reports.

This 31-story collection, a snapshot of New Zealand fiction in the early twenty-first century, includes significant work from some of the country’s foremost fiction writers – including C. K. Stead, Patricia Grace, Fiona Kidman, Witi Ihimaera, Damien Wilkins, Owen Marshall, Vincent O’Sullivan, Fiona Farrell, Charlotte Grimshaw and Emily Perkins – alongside exciting work by a strong group of new, younger rising literary stars, such as Anna Taylor, Eleanor Catton, Carl Nixon, Julian Novitz and Alice Tawhai.


“A remarkable collection of remarkable work.”
New Zealand Listener

“Paula Morris was an inspired choice by Penguin to edit the first book to carry this title in 20 years … her very thoughtful, considered, frank, entertaining and occasionally provocative introduction alone is worth the cost of the book. This is a major piece of New Zealand literary publishing and should be on the bookshelf of every serious NZ fiction reader.”
– Graham Beattie, Beattie’s Book Blog

Further Reading

Read the Introduction