My new novel, The Claim, was published by UK publishers RedDoor in July 2019.
Set in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, The Claim is a tale about love and trust, about what matters in life and what doesn't, and about the elusive nature of truth.
The novel was long-listed for the Michael Gifkins Prize in 2018.
The Claim is available from Waterstones in the UK, from Amazon and Kindle, on-line, or direct from RedDoor. For more details go to the RedDoor website
'David Briggs is a master tailor of a writer who takes the strands of love, life, disappointment, fear and hope and – using invisible thread – sews together a beautifully written and gripping novel. A rare talent indeed'
Mark Thompson, author of Dust.
'Extraordinary . . . one of those books we miss out on . . . so beautiful . . . a very quiet book – a gentle, beautiful read . . . I urge you to read it; I think you will love it.'
Laura Lockington, author of Christmas in the Park
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A stimulating and absorbing read. . . Thoughtful intelligent and gripping this excellent book shows an involving descriptive talent that evokes the implacable wilderness and exciting landscapes of NZ. Briggs' philosophical bent is much appreciated, and avoids crassness or psychobabble . To me the reading of personal motivation is convincing and the psychology seems spot on and perceptive. A very enjoyable and thought-provoking read.
Richard Hartnup, Wales
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 self-published through CreateSpace in November 2017, and is available via Amazon.
His most novel, The Claim, was long-listed for the Michael Gifkins Prize in 2018, and was published by UK publishers RedDoor in 2019.
Several of his poems have also been published, and have won prizes for poetry both internationally and in New Zealand.