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Aue | Becky Manawatu | Avid Reader

Wednesday, 24 August 2022




Avid Reader Bookshop West End


(verb) to cry, howl, groan, wail, bawl.
(interjection) expression of astonishment or distress.

Sally Piper is in-conversation with Becky Manawatu discussing her multi-award-winning debut novel Aue.

Taukiri was born into sorrow. Aue can be heard in the sound of the sea he loves and hates, and in the music he draws out of the guitar that was his father’s. It spills out of the gang violence that killed his father and sent his mother into hiding, and the shame he feels about abandoning his eight-year-old brother to a violent home.

But Taukiri’s brother, Arama, is braver than he looks, and he has a friend, and his friend has a dog, and the three of them together might just be strong enough to turn back the tide of sadness.

This bestselling multi-award-winning novel is both raw and sublime, introducing a compelling new voice in New Zealand fiction.

'There is something so assured and flawless in the delivery of the writing voice that is almost like acid on the skin.' Tara June Winch

Becky Manawatu (Ngai Tahu) was born in Nelson, raised in Waimangaroa, and she lived in Germany and Italy before returning to the West Coast with her family. Aue is her first novel.

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