It’s always a good read with this popular independent New Zealand author
$29.50 (save $44)
'...Bolton clearly marks himself out as one of New Zealand's most readable short story writers.'
This book combines the entire contents of the three short story collections (below) which can be bought separately. And you save $45.00.
There is nothing more interesting in the world than people. And the people of Auckland - their wives and lovers, their loves and hates, their pets and children, their sickness and health - are no different from any other except for the wry and whimsical view of them, their experiences and their lives, as reported by the Auckland-born author of this diverse collection of short stories. Auckland's original inhabitants - the Maori of Polynesia - figure largely in the city's history and it is significant that this collection ends with a fable-like story of how the city's pre-European past is inextricably linked to the Auckland of today.
“Bolton writes confidently, treating conversation and thought in a range of interesting ways that challenge the reader to move at times between the two. The work is well deserving of an audience.”
"...these beautifully crafted stories have international appeal and resonance. The setting in Auckland though will interest anyone curious about life in this cosmopolitan city of the South Pacific. (The Silverbeet Patch is one of the funniest short stories I have ever read! I'm sure you will discover your own favourite!)"
Anne August, reader, Melbourne
The Dolphin and other stories is a collection of seventeen short stories - entertaining, amusing and insightful - on a broad range of themes including life and death, travel and relationships, history and place in society amongst others. It's a collection that offers an insight into the way the people of New Zealand - a beautiful and remote 'down-under' country - view the rest of the world. It includes stories of New Zealanders placed, for one reason or another, in countries as diverse as France, Italy, Germany and the United States as well as at home in New Zealand.
"Bolton's interesting sentence structures move the narratives along smoothly - the stories unfolding in almost a conversational way, with a range of interesting topics and storylines that leave the reader with plenty to savour. In this collection Bolton clearly marks himself out as one of New Zealand's most readable short story writers."
"[These] stories cut straight to the chase, and most had me hooked by the first sentence! And yet he still manages to develop each character and each tale so fully that I'm left wanting to know more, wanting to read more about these people and their situations. And I'm really enjoying the different writing styles Robert has employed in each of his stories. He's obviously comfortable using a range of narratives, and these help each story form its own unique identity. A great book for someone who doesn't have time to wade through a lengthy novel."
Catherine McLennan, Auckland
An entertaining collection of forty perfectly formed miniature short stories each of which contains exactly five hundred words and can therefore be read in just two or three minutes.
"Quickies is an entertaining and thought-provoking collection of very short - 500 words each - mainly New Zealand-based stories, crafted by the masterful pen of well known New Zealand writer, Robert Philip Bolton. Covering a broad range of topics drawn from childhood, through romance and marriage to old age and death, Bolton explores issues of attraction and repulsion, age, class, race, philosophy and values. Most people will find many stories here to enjoy and reflect on again and again. A stimulating collection to grace any bookshelf, waiting area or travel bag."
Nana’s Special Day and other stories
The Dolphin and other stories