Good news about The Claim
I'm delighted to announce that The Claim has been shortlisted for the 2020 NZ Booklovers Award .
The book is, in fact, one of two RedDoor novels to be shortlisted, and Rob Jenkins, the author of the second, is also based in Nelson. So it's a big coup for a small town - and for RedDoor too.
The citation for The Claim runs as follows:
‘You know a good book by the way it stays with you long after you have put it down for the last time. Set in a remote part of the Southern Alps this is a book with only two main characters, Evan and Addie. Evan lives in an old cottage and in the summers, he prospects for gold. One stormy night he discovers the body of a woman and rescues her, cleaning her wounds and giving her space to recover. As they grow to know each other, a friendship develops, but we know that Addie is not telling him the truth. Wonderful realism and adventure in this story. I couldn’t wait for the whole truth to be revealed.’
The Claim, was published by UK publishers RedDoor in July 2019.
The novel was long-listed for the Michael Gifkins Prize in 2018.
The Claim is available from Waterstones in the UK, from Page and Blackmore in New Zealand, from Amazon and Kindle (as a print or e-book), direct from RedDoor, on-line, and by order from all good bookshops. For more details go to the RedDoor website
David is a British-born geographer, environmental scientist, writer and poet.
After a career in academia in England, during which he published widely, he moved to New Zealand in 2009. He now lives in Mapua, near Nelson, where he devotes himself to creative writing, in the company of his wife and their two dogs.
His debut novel, The Direction of Our Fear, was published in September 2016, by New Zealand publishers, BMS Books Ltd . By the Tracks We Leave, written earlier, was recently reissued through KDP, and is available via Amazon.
His most recent novel, The Claim, was published by UK publishers RedDoor in 2019. The book was long-listed for the Michael Gifkins Prize in 2018, and has been short-listed for the 2020 NZ Booklovers Award.
Several of his poems have also been published, and have won prizes for poetry both internationally and in New Zealand.