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  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Alma Books Ltd (6 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846880351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846880353
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,712,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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McCarten's first novel is a beautifully contructed comedy which wryly observes a small town's follies with a subtle-but-hip sensibility. A Kiwi-flavoured Garrison Keillor.' -- Esquire

`An impressive novel full of alien abductions and small town neuroses...Weird, witty and wonderful.' -- The Mirror

`Combines the cultural savvy of an episode of the Simpsons with the formally meticulous confusion/resolution of a Shakespeare comedy. inventive, engaging and sharply written, it is a thoughtful and often hilarious meditation on the way we spin stories...' -- x

`McCarten's dramatic gifts with characterization, plot, dialogue and humour shine through this sparkling novel. Domestic violence, the frustrations of small-town life,
the blessings of beauty and the pain of ugliness, the boredom of factory work - all of these are woven into a story which is a quirky good read and an entertaining expression of the zeitgeist.' -- The Observer

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A startling and clever outstanding novel
A startling a clever outstanding novel. A vivid and bewitching story of a slice of New Zealand, combined with wit, humour, poignancy and an unnerving understanding of the minds of young women. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It was some time on Saturday night after work but before closing time down at the pub that Delia Chapman saw a spaceman. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
Delia Chapman is a teenager living in the small village of Opunake in New Zealand. One night she is found by the road claiming that she was abducted by aliens. The townsfolk seem reluctant to believe Delia at first, but then a crushed cow and Delia's pregnancy make them think twice.

This is an interesting book, which is much more character based than plot driven. There are some really funny passages which reflect life in a small town and the way in which stories can spiral out of control (especially when the media gets involved!) I did particularly enjoy the chapter in which a meeting gets called because a speed camera is going to be erected.

Whilst it is humorous, there is also a darker side which is revealed towards the end. Enjoyable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
A terrific book - enormously entertaining, very funny, sharply written, and with a big heart as well. Mccarten writes very well indeed. Because the book is so entertaining, it would be easy to underestimate his skill, but the first three pages are a tour de force and any page will reveal deft multi-layered writing that is a delight to read. Bull's-eye; five stars; Anthony Mccarten walks on water.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rdjie@themeware.com on 25 May 2001
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This is a very funny fresh and astonishing re-working of the Nativity story, platyed out, not in Judea but in the green hills of New Zealand, and it not the Holy Spirit who pays a visit, this time, no...you guessed it, its something much more saucy.
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By barbara on 20 Feb. 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
judging by the cover text,I would have expected something else. more sci than fi.but it was good nonetheless.just a different genre than i expected
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kikimorriss@yahoo.com on 28 Oct. 1999
Format: Paperback
School girls claim they are pregnant by spacemen in this hilarious, easy to read novel which turns uncomfortably dark towards the end. McCarten pumps fresh blood into the life of fiction.
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