New Zealand Launch
The Claim was given its official launch in New Zealand, at Page and Blackmore Bookshop, in Nelson, on 7th November.
Accompanied by the usual nibbles and drinks, and a short presentation from the author, Ann Briggs gave a reading from the book, which was intently listened to and warmly received.
My thanks to Jo Dippie and her team at P&B for hosting the event, and to everyone who attended.
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 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 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.