Angelic sequel

Wellington author Elizabeth Knox’s latest – a sequel to her 1998 prize-winner The Vintner’s Luck entitled The Angel’s Cut – has been “published to strong praise” writes the Courier Mail’s Kathleen Noonan. The Vintner’s Luck, which was published in seven countries, won numerous prizes and was long-listed for the 1999 Orange Prize. Knox’s success has come from anchoring her audacious imagination in earthly reality; she bowerbirds things from the everyday. In The Angel’s Cut, young smart Flora is burnt horribly at a fancy-dress party when her boyfriend mischievously touches a cigarette to the grass skirt she is wearing. “That happened here in New Zealand,” Knox says. Now she is writing a science fiction horror book, set in a small town near Nelson in contemporary New Zealand. Then she has a young adult fiction to complete, before turning her attention in 2011 to the final in her Xas trilogy, The Angel’s Reserve. “I know it’s taking a long time but the living I do in between each book, and lessons I learn, I apply to Xas in learning how to be human. And there’s been a lot of learning this year.” Niki Caro’s film adaption of The Vintner’s Luck is currently in cinemas.


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Behind the Mic with Groundbreaker Rikki Swannell

Behind the Mic with Groundbreaker Rikki Swannell

World Rugby talks to New Zealander Rikki Swannell about becoming the first female lead commentator on the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and her life in sports broadcasting. As an experienced…