Launch: The Axeman’s Carnival by Catherine Chidgey
Launch: The Axeman’s Carnival by Catherine Chidgey
Launch: The Axeman’s Carnival by Catherine Chidgey
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Fri 3 May

6:30-9pm

Conversation: The Axeman’s Carnival by Catherine Chidgey, John Mitchinson


Join international bestselling and prize-winning Catherine Chidgey, author of Remote Sympathy and Pet, and writer, publisher and podcaster John Mitchinson as they discuss Catherine’s new novel.


Tama is a helpless chick when he is rescued by Marnie, and this is where his story might have ended. But with Tama come new possibilities. Tama can speak, and his fame is growing. Outside, in the pines, his father warns him of the wickedness wrought by humans. Indoors, Marnie confides in him about her violent marriage. The more Tama sees, the more the animal and the human worlds – the precarity, darkness and hope within them – bleed into one another. You’ll never look at magpies in the same way again.


Catherine Chidgey is an award-winning and bestselling New Zealand novelist and short-story writer. Her first novel, In a Fishbone Church, won the Betty Trask Award. Remote Sympathy was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award and longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction.The Axeman’s Carnival won the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction at the Ockham NZ Book Awards.


John Mitchinson is a writer and publisher, the co-founder of Unbound, the crowdfunding publisher and co-host of Backlisted, the award-winning books podcast. He helped create the BBC show QI, held senior roles in publishing at Harvill and Cassell and was the original marketing director of Waterstone’s. He is one of the founder writers for the reader-funded newspaper, Byline Times.