fiona farrell
 
 
   

 

In addition to articles and reviews for a variety of periodicals,
Fiona has written two non-fiction books.
‘The Broken Book’ is a collection of essays and poems.
'The Quake Year' is a collection of interviews
in collaboration with photographer Juliet Nicholas.


'The Broken Book'

was published in October 2011
by Auckland University Press.

Finalist
2012 New Zealand Post Non-fiction Award

Finalist
2012 Nielsen New Zealand Booksellers Choice Award

The Broken Book

 

The Broken Book

 

The Broken Book

Auckland University Press 2011

Finalist
2012 New Zealand Post Non-fiction Award

Finalist
2012 Nielsen New Zealand Booksellers Choice Award

 

Fiona Farrell’s meandering travel book shows how an earthquake can change everything in a flash: the book you were writing, the house you were living in, the thoughts that preoccupied you.
The Broken Book consists of four essays about life and walking, bookended by a preamble and an afterword, and interrupted by 21 poems about the Christchurch earthquakes and their aftermath. The poems jolt into the essays like aftershocks, like cracks in the text; they make you pause and reconsider.
The Broken Book is funny, timely, deeply personal but never self-indulgent - it shows Fiona’s talents as a writer and warmth as a human being. (AUP website)

I have been so moved by this book with its beautiful poetry and prose and the insight the author provides into the experiences of the residents of Christchurch over the past 12 months and also of course by way of contrast the great joy to be experienced on walking holidays........
Graham Beattie - Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the NZ book community

Listener review - Sally Blundell

Sunday Star Times review - Anne Else

Saturday morning with Paul Diamond - The Broken Book

 

The Quake Year

 


The Quake Year

Canterbury University Press 2012

 

 

Everyone in Christchurch has their own story of the earthquakes.

There are heroic and brave stories related to the events themselves, and also longer narratives of endurance over months of aftershocks. No one will ever forget this year.

In 'The Quake Year' Fiona Farrell interviews people trying to live ordinary lives in extraordinary times. Their stories are moving, poignant, revealing and healing.

This unique book takes the reader beyond the physical damage straight into the hearts of survivors, in stories that will touch a chord with every reader.

 


 

There are quake books and quake books. Then there is this, quite the best to send to folk overseas. The matching of text and pictures, despair and hope, humanity against nature, makes it a treasure. Fiona Farrell has engaged her talent as a fiction writer to the shaping of stories from interviews with Canterbury people. Through them, the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 are brought to mind, but the terror is subsumed in the emotions of the testimonies of "men and women next door". The choice of photos and the skill in their taking ensures readers will want to pore over them. Just when the reader thinks no more evocative or heartfelt account of an earthquake could have been written, along comes the next, and the next. On second thoughts - don't send this book abroad. It is one to keep and savour.
Mike Crean. Christchurch Press. 16th June, 2012

Fiona's text is enhanced by beautiful photographs by acclaimed Christchurch photographer Juliet Nicholas who has been recording the life and culture of New Zealand for over 20 years. Her work has featured in hundreds of publications. She has also collaborated in the production of several books, including Fine Cheese (1995) and Old Fashioned and David Austin Roses (2004), as well as Islands, an oral documentary exhibition of Stewart Island and its people.

Interviews with
Tusiata Avia, Chris Moore, Karen Duncan, Amy Gregory and James Allen, Lyn Fossey, Sally Blundell, Bev Prout and Quentin Wilson, Heidi and Rick and Erik Cassells Brown, Helen Webby, Siene de Vries, Jaimini Shurety, Jenny Glue, Juliet Neill, Diana Madgin, Pip Watson, Martin Aspinwall, Natalya Pitama, Patsy Turner, John Wilson.