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NZ Non-Fiction 2015

ed Jolisa Greenwood and Susanna Andrew

Eleanor Catton story about how her parents didn't own a car, and one of their traditions was for father to take each kid on a 4-day tandem bike ride across the Southern Alps - cross the Lewis Pass, along the Tasman Sea coast, then return over Arthur's Pass. Her brother had made an earlier trip and described seeing the birth of a calf, but her experience "less sublime". They were "coasting downhill just as a transporter, full of sheep on the way to freezing works, was labouring uphill. At the moment they passed, a sharp gust of wind blew across the valley, blowing a dump of sheep urine over us. My father - whose mouth had been open at the time - had shielded me completely. I was totally dry, and he was totally drenched. With a roar of outrage he braked violently, leapt off the bike, raced down the hill and dove into the creek at the bottom, by which time I was roaring with laughter."

Childrens' books where wardrobe or similar opens up into a magical world. Philippa Pearce's Midnight Garden

where clock strikes an extra hour after midnight and a modern boy opens the back door into a sunlit garden from an earlier time.

Apparently the ChCh Cathedral spire has fallen off twice in previous earthquakes.

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