By Craig Cliff

From the winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize top First booklet, this strikingly unique novel is at turns a gothic story of a father's obsession, a castaway tale useful of a Boy's Own event and a thorny remembrance of previous tragedies."The dermis used to be soft and brilliant as porcelain, yet seemed to provide to touch. What demeanour of wooden had he used? What instruments to distinct such element? What paints, tints or stains to flush her with life?"So wonders the window wardrobe Colton Kemp while he sees the 1st model of his new rival, a guy the population of Marumaru easily name The chippie. Rocked by means of the unexpected demise of his spouse and encouraged by way of a traveling vaudeville corporation, Kemp makes a decision to elevate his youngsters to be residing mannequins. What follows is a story of paintings and deception, power and folly, love and transgression, which levels from small-town New Zealand to the graving docks of the River Clyde, from an inhospitable rock within the Southern Ocean to Sydney's northern seashores. alongside the best way we meet a Prussian strongman, a family members of ship's carvers with a mysterious ailment, a septuagenarian surf lifesaver and a speaking figurehead named Vengeance.

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The Mannequin Makers

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