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Book Title: The Mannequin Makers|
The author of the book: Craig Cliff
Edition: Vintage NZ
Date of issue: August 2nd 2013
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ISBN 13: 9781775533849
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The Mannequin Makers is at turns a gothic tale of a father's obsession, a castaway story worthy of a Boy's Own adventure and a thorny remembrance of past tragedies.
"The skin was as near white as porcelain, but looked as if it would give to the touch. What manner of wood had he used? What tools to exact such detail? What paints, tints or stains to flush her with life?"
So wonders the window dresser Colton Kemp when he sees the first mannequin of his new rival, a man the inhabitants of Marumaru simply call The Carpenter. Rocked by the sudden death of his wife and inspired by a travelling Vaudeville company, Kemp decides to raise his children to be living mannequins. What follows is a tale of art and deception, strength and folly, love and transgression, that ranges from small town New Zealand to the graving docks of the River Clyde and an inhospitable rock in the Southern Ocean to Sydney's northern beaches. Along the way we meet a Prussian strongman, a family of ship's carvers with a mysterious affliction, a septuagenarian surf lifesaver and a talking figurehead named Vengeance.
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Read information about the authorCraig Cliff’s debut collection of short stories, A MAN MELTING, was published in July 2010. It was named as one of the best books of 2010 by the New Zealand Listener and the Sunday Star Times, and went on to win the overall Best First Book in the 2011 Commonwealth Writers Prize. According to the judges, A MAN MELTING “is of the moment, and is rightly at home on a global platform. Cliff is a talent to watch and set to take the literary world by storm."
Craig writes a column for the Dominion Post newspaper about his double life as a writer and a public servant.
In 2012 he was a judge for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, became a father and put the finishing touches on his novel THE MANNEQUIN MAKERS, which was published in August 2013. According to the New Zealand Listener, "it’s tremendous, darkly entertaining and original from start to finish."
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