Te Kauhanga: A Tale of Space(s)

By Antony Millen

General fiction, Literary fiction | Paperback, eBook


"Look closer." Montreal Perec is an accomplished cartographer with unusual powers of perception. He lives as a recluse in the town of Te Kauhanga, sheltered deep in the central North Island of New Zealand. Thirty years ago, he travelled from overseas and settled into his lighthouse look-off, led by his unfruitful search for the treasure of his ancestors. An online encounter with a mysterious mapping hobbyist launches Perec down a new trail of mind-bending clues. Sharon Pellerine works for the local council in Te Kauhanga. An attractive woman, she is desired by various rural and municipal courters. But her skills and demeanour as an archivist from Wellington conceal a painful past and a shady secret that she attempts to address with the help of a peculiar visiting transient. Another immigrant to this small town, Stanley Kowalczyk, hails from the northern city of Hamilton. Five years ago, he arrived with his own unique set of skills as an insurance adjuster and an even more specialised obsession with straight lines. His weakness for beautiful women opens him to the possibilities of wandering outside his self-imposed parameters. These characters' lives revolve around the apparently perishing tree of Taumata-an enormous tree, one of the legendary legs of Tane Mahuta and a taonga to local iwi Maori. As debate rages in the township about the tree's future, Perec is led closer to his treasure by the activities of his fellow citizens. Te Kauhanga is Antony Millen's second novel-a tale of spaces that examines our position and movement in this world and how these interchange, connect and influence others.


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"Look closer." Montreal Perec is an accomplished cartographer with unusual powers of perception. He lives as a recluse in the town of Te Kauhanga, sheltered deep in the central North Island of New Zealand. Thirty years ago, he travelled from overseas and settled into his lighthouse look-off, led by his unfruitful search for the treasure of his ancestors. An online encounter with a mysterious mapping hobbyist launches Perec down a new trail of mind-bending clues. Sharon Pellerine works for the local council in Te Kauhanga. An attractive woman, she is desired by various rural and municipal courters. But her skills and demeanour as an archivist from Wellington conceal a painful past and a shady secret that she attempts to address with the help of a peculiar visiting transient. Ano...


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Antony Millen is a Canadian living and writing in New Zealand. Originally from Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada, he moved to New Zealand with his wife and two children in 1997. He has lived in Taumarunui since then, working at St Patrick's Catholic Primary School and, more recently, as the head of the English department at Taumarunui High School. During his early years in New Zealand, he wrote sporadically, but with a dream to write novels as a major part of his life-style if not as a career. In 2013, he launched his first novel, "Redeeming Brother Murrihy: The River to Hiruharama". Rather than satisfying his urge to write, releasing the book only made him hungrier to pursue his dream more enthusiastically. "Te Kauhanga: A Tale of Space(s)" is his second novel.


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Antony Millen is a Canadian living and writing in New Zealand. Originally from Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada, he moved to New Zealand with his wife and two children in 1997. He has lived in Taumarunui since then, working at St Patrick's Catholic Primary School and, more recently, as the head of the English department at Taumarunui High School. During his early years in New Zealand, he w...


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