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Be in to WIN with Octopus wrestling and short fictions

The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, The Father of Octopus Wrestling and other small fictions traverses exciting new  terrain between prose poetry and short fiction, delivering stories that are darkly comic, dynamic and surreal.

The eagerly awaited fourth book from award-winning writer Frankie McMillan, The Father of Octopus Wrestling and other small fictions is steeped in human vulnerability and eccentricity. 

Dubbed New Zealand’s ‘maestro of flash fiction’ by renowned short story writer Owen Marshall for her previous collection My Mother and the Hungarians, and other small fictions, McMillan is recognised internationally for her mastery of the increasingly popular flash fiction genre.

“Every story is like a sky rocket we haven’t seen before – flaring and sparkling in unexpected ways,” award-winning author Lloyd Jones says of the latest collection

To be in to win a copy of this beautiful book for your own collection, simply answer the following question:

  • What inspired the title story for the book? [hint here]

Please email your answer to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by 12 noon Wednesday 18 September.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced in the Insider’s Guide newsletter on Sunday 29 September.

Canterbury University Press book winner

Ashleigh Alberts won a copy of the latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, Living Among the Northland Māori: Diary of Father Antoine Garin, 1844-1846. Congrats! 

MĀORI VIEWS ON EUROPEAN COLONISATION, THROUGH FRENCH EYES

The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, Living Among the Northland Māori: Diary of Father Antoine Garin, 1844-1846 brings to life a crucial period in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand, when European settlers were mixing with Māori, giving compelling insight into Māori customs, values and beliefs of the time, from a French perspective.

The book is the first full English translation of the surviving Mangakāhia journals and letters of French Marist priest Father Antoine Garin, who was sent to run the remote Mangakāhia station on the banks of the Wairoa River.

The three years of Garin’s diary have been translated into English and annotated by Peter Tremewan and Giselle Larcombe, making this valuable primary source accessible to historians and general readers.

“I discovered some of his writings in Rome and Giselle wrote a biography on him in 2009. All his writing was in French, of course. Over the course of four to five years, we translated his diaries covering 1844-1846 so that English speakers can benefit from these resources,” Tremewan says.

To be in to win a copy of this beautiful book for your own collection, simply answer the following question:

  • Which Northland river was the Mangakāhia mission station on the banks of?

Please email your answer to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by 12 noon Wednesday 8 May.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced in the Insider’s Guide to UC | Tūpono news letter on Friday 10 May.