*** Longlisted for the Edge Hill Award in 2015 ***
Marriage transplants Sarah thousands of miles from home; a failed love affair forces Phoebe to make drastic choices in a new environment; a sudden, shocking discovery brings Mrs Ellis to reconsider her life as an emigrant — The Settling Earth is a collection of ten, interlinked stories, focusing on the British settler experience in colonial New Zealand, and the settlers’ attempts to make sense of life in a strange new land.
Sacrifices, conflict, a growing love for the landscape, a recognition of the succour offered by New Zealand to Maori and settler communities — these are themes explored in the book. The final story in the collection, written by Shelly Davies of the Ngātiwai tribe, adds a Maori perspective to the experience of British settlement in their land.
“Haunting, sometimes disturbing, the stories are deeply personal and incredibly moving.” – The Historical Novel Society
“The Settling Earth is a wide, sweeping, multi-faceted little jewel of a collection, breathing life into a cast of touchingly realistic characters; overwhelmingly focused on the female experience.” – Literary Relish
ISBN: 978-1-922200-16-7 (pbk) | 978-1-922200-17-4 (ebook)
Category: Short story collection
Trade paperback: 126 pages
Publication Date: 16 December 2014
RRP: AU $18.95 (pbk) | $4.99 (ebook)