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State Highway One

Sam Coley

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A stunning debut novel about what it means to come home, from the winner of the 2017 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.

This is what I want to do. I want to go home. I want you to come with me.
'I want to go from here...'
Finger on Cape Reinga.
'..to here.'
Finger at the bottom of Stewart Island, right at the bottom of the map.

It's been years since Alex was in New Zealand, and years since he spent any one-on-one time with his twin sister, Amy. When they lose their parents in a shock accident it seems like the perfect time to reconnect as siblings. To reconnect with this country they call 'home'.

As they journey the length of State Highway One, they will scratch at wounds that have never healed - and Alex will be forced to reckon with what coming home really means.

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Sam Coley

Sam Coley's two favourite things in the world are taking photos and dancing. Most nights, however, he can be found at his desk with a pen and a legal pad and a bottle of wine. He has called New Zealand, Australia and the UK all home at some point, and probably still would. His debut novel, State Highway One, was the winner of the 2017 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.

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