Axeman's Carnival, TheChidgey, Catherine
The rescue of a fledgling magpie comes just at the right time for Marnie, a perfect distraction from the struggles she and her husband Rob face on their Otago sheep farm. Tama is not just any magpie; his remarkable mimicry sets him apart and on to an inevitable path to social media fame, guided by Marnie's nurturing and tempered by Rob's resentment.
Engaging, wholly original and with its unique perspective of human behaviour, this is a gripping domestic drama with dark undertones, that cleverly merges animal and human worlds. [Larger font]
Comments from BDS Reviewers
"I loved this book - so original and well-written."
"The initial realisation that this was a novel related by a magpie nearly put me off, but the writing was so instantly engaging, I continued - and I am so pleased I did!"
"The story is fast-paced and very gripping."
"Easy to read and while it is a dark story, the use of Tama's narrative is very amusing."
"A wonderfully well-paced novel, accelerating to its dramatic crescendo."
"The story is very clear and moves along very quickly."
"Well-crafted and clever. It definitely has a NZ flavour."
"Fascinating information about magpies - and also axeman competitions."
"It is far 'bigger' than a story about a magpie - it's almost like a Greek tragedy."