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Paperback / softback

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Title Specimen
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Madison Hamill
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Pages:234
Category/GenreOckham Longlist Titles
General Non-Fiction Award
ISBN/Barcode 9781776563012
ClassificationsDewey:NZ824.3
Audience
General

Publishing Details

Publisher Victoria University Press
Imprint Victoria University Press
Publication Date 12 March 2020
Publication Country New Zealand

Description

A father rollerblading to church in his ministerial robes, a university student in a leotard sprinting through fog, a trespass notice from Pak'nSave, a beautiful unborn goat in a jar . . . In scenarios ranging from the mundane to the surreal, Madison Hamill looks back at her younger selves with a sharp eye. Was she good or evil? Ignorant or enlightened? What parts of herself did she give up in order to forge ahead in school, church, work, and relationships, with a self that made sense to others? With wit and intelligence, these shape-shifting essays probe the ways in which a person's inner and outer worlds intersect and submit to one another. It is a brilliantly discomfiting, vivid and funny collection in which peace is found in the weirdest moments. 'I never felt that I was looking at fine writing only at astonishing writing.' Elizabeth Knox. MADISON HAMILL is based in Wellington. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. Her work has appeared in The Spinoff, Sweet Mammalian, Turbine Kapohau and Pantograph Punch.

Author Biography

MADISON HAMILL is based in Wellington. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. Her work has appeared in The Spinoff, Sweet Mammalian, Turbine Kapohau and Pantograph Punch.

Reviews

"I never felt that I was looking at fine writing - only at astonishing writing." - Elizabeth Knox