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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.

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.

Win yourself a copy of ‘When Running Made History’

The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, When Running Made History takes the reader through the evolution of running over 60 years – from minority sport to booming world movement – all from the first-hand perspective of world-class runner, journalist and Emeritus Professor, Roger Robinson.

His eye-witness account offers new insights into running and its significance beyond sport, with modern mass gatherings promoting goodwill and inclusivity, affirming communal values in a book New Zealand Olympic medallist Nick Willis describes as “a front-row seat to running’s most inspiring and historic moments, with New Zealand in a major role”.

This is a social history as much as a history of sport and Roger Robinson’s compelling, witty, beautifully written narrative will appeal to a wide readership.

Roger’s account of the global rise of women’s running is the best I’ve ever seen. I’m honoured that my win in the New York Marathon and Lorraine Moller’s in the Avon Marathon are central to his story.’
Allison Roe MBE, winner and record-breaker, Boston and New York City Marathons

Runners and spectators alike will relate to the theme of running as a form of celebration, commemoration or catharsis. Its publication is timely as Christchurch prepares to host the sixth annual Run to Remember on 24 February.

To be in to win a copy of When Running Made History, answer the following question:

  • Where was Roger Robinson and what was he doing on the day the Twin Towers fell? Find a hint here>

Please email your answer to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by 12 noon Wednesday 20 February. The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Insider’s Guide | Tūpono on Sunday 24 February.