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The Fish
Written by:
Lloyd Jones 
Read by:
Francis Greenslade 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
6 hours 1 minutes 
August 01 2022 
Available Date:
August 01 2022 
Age Category:
Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; General Fiction; Literary Fiction; New Zealand Fiction 
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Award winning author
Man-Booker shortlisted author

Longlisted Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2023

From the Man Booker–shortlisted author of Mister Pip comes a poetic, dreamlike story, for fans of Max Porter's Lanny and the works of George Saunders.

Then she lifts the Fish up from the bassinet and holds him out to me. ‘Go on, take him.’ And to the Fish she says, ‘This is your uncle.’ I manage to clap my hands either side of the fish bundle. But I feel like I am holding an expensive glass. Once you’re told not to drop it, all you can think of is the glass shattering across the floor. When the baby is born in a shabby caravan at a beach campground, it’s clear he is not like other babies. But the family will try hard to protect and love and accept him. Perhaps all the more to make up for letting his troubled mother down. The young uncle grapples with his connection to the Fish. And as he tries to understand his family and its confusing secrets and shame, his sense of his own place in the world begins to crumble. Lloyd Jones’s unique lyrical style is mesmerising in this tender story of family bonds, both strained and strengthened by tragedy.

'New Zealand writer Lloyd Jones is a master storyteller …'
The Weekend Australian

'As compelling as a fairytale – beautiful, shocking and profound.' (on Mister Pip)
Helen Garner, award-winning author of The Spare Room

'This novel is remarkable on every level … It is a piece of narrative brilliance in its construction. And is compelling in a new, quiet and beguiling way.' (on Hand Me Down World)
The Sunday Tasmanian

'Jones is a daring writer who can be relied on to ignore expectation, and is becoming one of the most interesting, honest and thought-provoking novelists working today.'
The Guardian (UK)