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The Virgin and the Whale


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A touching, clever novel about stories, about using them to create your own identity, and about the way they can forge bonds of love.

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Carl Nixon is an award-winning short story writer, novelist and playwright. He has twice won the Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition, and was runner-up for the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Short Story Competition in 1999, and won its premier prize in 2007. His first book, Fish 'n' Chip Shop Song and other stories went to number one on the New Zealand bestselling fiction list, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book. Nixon completed his first novel while he was the Ursula Bethell/Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence at Canterbury University in 2006. The resulting novel, Rocking Horse Road, was long-listed for the Dublin IMPAC Awards 2009. His second novel, Settler's Creek, was also long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, in 2012. His novels have also been published in Germany. His writing for theatre includes The Birthday Boy and The Raft, numerous plays for children, and he has adapted for the stage Lloyd Jones's novel The Book of Fame and JM Coetzee's Disgrace.

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