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Introducing David Hair

September 15, 2011

According to the synopsis on him in the 2011 Auckland Writers & Readers Festival booklet, “David Hair is the author of The Bone Tiki, winner of Best First Novel (Yound Adult Fiction section) at the 2010 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards.  The Bone Tiki and its sequel The Taniwha’s Tear are fantasy novels set in New Zealand. David has worked primarily in financial services, has a degree in History and Classical Studies and lived in New Delhi from 2007 to 2010. Pyre of Queens (2011) is his first book in a new adventure series. He’s now based in Wellington.” (p21)

They add later that The Bone Tiki, The Taniwha’s Tear and The Lost Tohunga “have been labelled ‘Maori Gothic’.” (p64)  Check out the Writers Festival website…  

According to Penguin India, who have published his more recent Pyre of Queens series, he “is interested in folklore, history, and has a passion for football,” which possibly shows! Penguin have also placed a ‘trailer’ to Pyre of Queens on YouTube These amuse me for their own sake…

Penguin Australia make extracts available…

Awards:

Best First Book at the 2010 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards – for The Bone Tiki

Secondary Literature…

No critical work is yet available on his writing, that I can find…. though local newspapers and magazines have had a little to say…

eg Amos, Carla ‘The Book Inside’ Dominion Post (Press) (Christchurch, NZ) 16 May 2009, sup. p17 in which the journalist apparently “Talks to the author David Hair about his book and his writing style”

as have Indian ones:

Sravasti Datta ‘Imagination Unlimited’ The Hindu  BANGALORE, August 31, 2010 (available online)

There are the usual reviews… some more productive and considerate than others (Anuradha Goyal’s blog, OnTheNightstand, Fangtastic, Myra Lynn’s blog,  blogcritics, Scoop, The National Library, BookieMonster, GoodReads, etc.)

‘Teaching aids’ are freely available online (for Taniwha’s Tear at least, though I suspect others – still trolling through all the hits on David Beckham when you google ‘David Hair’ 🙂 and Storylines and The Pulse haven’t yet picked him up though I’d keep checking back on them…)

What to do, then, with an author surrounded by terms like ‘Maori Gothic’, ‘urban fantasy’, magical realism’ … ???

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