Author(s): Emma Neale
A moving and compelling story about society and our reactions to difference, evocative and beautifully written. A young man is found unconscious in a remote forest: He is very tall and completely covered with fur. Apart from his appearance, he seems like a normal human being, but when he wakes up in Dunedin Hospital he refuses to talk. The doctors, excited by the potential scientific discovery, want to run tests on him; the media, eager to solve and glamorise his mysterious past, want to get his story; and the public, naturally curious, want to gawp and prod. In the hospital he is befriended by a young woman and starts to talk, but once released he hides away, overwhelmed by the voracious interest of the outside world.
Emma Neale was born in Dunedin and was raised in Christchurch, San Diego CA and Wellington. After gaining her first literature degree from Victoria University, she went on to complete her MA and PhD at University College, London. She has written four novels, and three collections of poetry, as well as edited anthologies of both short stories and poetry. She teaches, works in publishing and looks after her two young sons.