The Settling Earth

*** 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

Rebecca Burns is an award-winning writer of short stories, over thirty of which have been published online or in print. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011, winner of the Fowey Festival of Words and Music Short Story Competition in 2013 (and runner-up in 2014), and has been profiled as part of the University of Leicester’s “Grassroutes Project”—a project that showcases the 50 best transcultural writers in the county.

The Settling Earth is her second collection of short stories. Her debut collection, Catching the Barramundi, was published in 2012—also by Odyssey Books—and was longlisted for the Edge Hill Award in 2013.

Book Details

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)

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