The Settling Earth - longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Award 2015
"Marriage transplants Sarah thousands of miles from home; a failed love affair forces Phoebe to make drastic choices in a new environment; a sudden, shocking discovery brings Mrs Ellis to reconsider her life as an emigrant — The Settling Earth is a collection of ten, interlinked stories, focusing on the British settler experience in colonial New Zealand, and the settlers’ attempts to make sense of life in a strange new land.
Sacrifices, conflict, a growing love for the landscape, a recognition of the succour offered by New Zealand to Maori and settler communities — these are themes explored in the book. The final story in the collection, written by Shelly Davies of the Ngātiwai tribe, adds a Maori perspective to the experience of British settlement in their land."
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Book Trailer for The Settling Earth (click on the image below):
|An extract from the first story in the collection, "A Pickled Egg", is available on the blog Into Another World.
"This is a riveting, emotional tale of survival in an alien land. Its themes linger long after you have turned the last page." Historical Novel Society
"[...] an interesting, well-written collection of stories [...] Rebecca Burns is a talented writer. She does a wonderful job of describing the scenes and surroundings." Lynne, book blogger
"Stunning writing built a fabulous picture of colonial New Zealand and highlighted its differences with England." Carole, at Carole Finds Her Wings
"A lyrical, poignant collection of interrelated stories of pioneer life in New Zealand." Nicola, Back to Books
"Burns and Davies are both beautiful storytellers." Karen, Always Packed for Adventure
"If you're after a set of great short stories, then do read this book. It will make you think, it will make you smile, and the last sentence will make you grin like a maniac." Anjala, book blogger
"...each story is like a glimpse through a window, but you’ll want to know more." Deb, The Book Stop Blog
"It's a wonderful collection." Goodreads reviewer
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