The Broken Book
A mix of poetry and prose, this compilation by New Zealand's Fiona Ferrell is simultaneously a memoir, a meandering travel book, and a poetry collection. Demonstrating how a natural disaster can turn a life upside down in an instant, this book consists of four essays about walking, interrupted by poems about the Christchurch earthquakes and their aftermath. Funny, timely, and deeply personal, it will resonate with a wide range of readers due to its references to France, Dunedin, Christchurch, Robert Louis Stevenson, Katherine Mansfield, and Voltaire.
New Zealand Post Book Awards 2012 Finalist: Non-Fiction
Fiona Farrell is an award-winning novelist, playwright and poet. In 2006 she held the Rathcoola Residency in Ireland, where she wrote The Pop-Up Book of Invasions (Auckland University Press, 2007), a finalist at the Montana NZ Book Awards. Her most recent novels are Mr Allbones Ferrets (2007) and Limestone (2009), both shortlisted for the International IMPAC Award. Farrell received the New Zealand Prime Minister's Award for Fiction in 2007. She lives at Otanerito, Banks Peninsula, but is spending the year in Dunedin as recipient of the 2011 Robert Burns Fellowship.
Preamble -- A Walk in the Cevennes, September 2009 -- A Walk to the Winter Palace, Menton, September 2009 -- A Walk to the Botanical Gardens, Dunedin, May 2010 -- A Walk on Shaky Ground, Christchurch, September 2010/February 2011 -- Afterword: The Solitary Walker, Otanerito, May 201. Text interspered with 20 'earthquake' poems.