The Cat's Whiskers: New Zealand Writers on Cats

Author(s): Peter Wells(ed.)

New Zealand Literature

The cat has purred its way into the hearts of many a New Zealander, and into the pages of this country's writers. Katherine Mansfield, Janet Frame, James K. Baxter and Frank Sargeson all wrote about cats, and here many current writers - from Fiona Kidman to Sarah Quigley, Brian Turner to Kevin Ireland - celebrate their feline friends in articles, poetry and short stories. Peter Wells has collected an entertaining mix of this terrific writing, introducing us to such cats as the white Manx, Small, who 'saved' Shonagh Koea; Martin Edmond's stray loner, Monkey, with her 'quack hello'; Ursula Bethell's cat Michael, who is 'at once enemy/and the chief ornament of our garden'; and Owen Marshall's fictional Bagheera with his 'disconcerting smell of life and muscle'. Contributors:James K. Baxter, Ursula Bethell, Peter Bland, Bernard Brown, Diane Brown , Janet Charman, Martin Edmond, Barbara Else, Fiona Farrell, Beryl Fletcher, Janet Frame, Paula Green, Kevin Ireland, Stephanie Johnson, Jan Kemp, Shonagh Koea, Gary Langford, Graeme Lay, Margaret Mahy, Katherine Mansfield, Jeffrey Masson, Owen Marshall, Emma Neale, W. H. Oliver, Vincent O'Sullivan, Vivienne Plumb, Sarah Quigley, Frank Sargeson, Elizbeth Smither, C. K. Stead, Philip Temple, Brian Turner, Hone Tuwhare, Peter Wells, Douglas Wright.


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'Peter Wells is a writer and film-maker. He studied history at Auckland University and the University of Warwick, England. As a writer, he has won the NZ Book Award for Fiction for his first book of short stories, Dangerous Desires which was published by Viking Penguin in New York and Secker and Warburg in London. The book also won, among other awards, the PEN (NZ) Best First Book in Prose Award in 1992. He has since published another book of short fiction, The Duration of a Kiss, ( New York, Sydney and London) and a novel, Boy Overboard which was shortlisted for the 1998 Commonwealth Prize (Pacific-Asia Region). His memoir Long Loop Home won the 2002 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Biography. Iridescence was the runner up for the Deutz Medal Winner for Fiction at the Montana Book of the Year Awards and a finalist in the Tasmania-Pacific Award. Lucky Bastard, a novel, was published in 2006. In 2009 Peter Wells won the CLL Award to write a book on William Colenso. In 2011 Peter Wells was awarded the Michael King Fellowship which is one of the NZ's largest writing fellowships and supports established writers to work on a major project over two or more years.'

General Fields

  • : 9781869417451
  • : Random House
  • : Vintage
  • : 0.47
  • : November 2005
  • : 206mm X 139mm X 22mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Peter Wells(ed.)
  • : Hardback
  • : very good
  • : 208