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A Parallel Universe

A Parallel Universe

Author: Nicol, Cheryl
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Earthquakes in New Zealand have always been a reminder of its Geological idiosyncrasies, and occasionally when the earth moved, so did our little house on Christchurch's sandy suburban fringe. My father - declared a near-genius by my mother - was a mechanical engineer, collector and inventor of such useful items as industrial tile cutters, lawnmower sharpeners, a hovering conveyance platform, a collapsible boat and an ingenious multi-chicken decapitator - to name but a few. My mother, on the other hand, was a complicated woman with Jekyll and- Hyde tendencies, a creative bent and certain knowledge that civilisation was irrevocably doomed. There was much talk of ending up in the nut house. Living on a shoestring required creative recycling and reimagining. Disappointingly for my mother, her Ten Toothsome Ways with Gourmet Offal were not a success. We didn't appreciate how lucky we were, she said. Trying to lip-read Mr Ed through a shopfront window wasn't my idea of lucky. Owning a television wasn't hers, but she was prepared to reconsider when New Zealand got colour. Fortunately my father couldn't wait for something that might never happen; instead, we became the proud owners of a black-and-white nineteen inch legless Idiot Box. No more sing-songs around the piano, reading a book after dinner or lengthy debates on the merits of cod liver oil as a laxative. The world and one corner of our lounge had just become a brighter place.


"This is an impressive, amusing, intriguing and really well written story" Norman Bilbrough, Author, Reviewer, Writing Award Judge and Manuscript Assessor; "Absolutely brilliant!" Dr Marianne Tremaine, Reviewer Heritage New Zealand Magazine

Author description

Cheryl Nicol was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1955 and gained the benefit of hindsight somewhere around 1996. Besides A Parallel Universe, she has published two historical biographies as well as international prize-winning humorous short fiction. After three decades lost in Australia Cheryl has re-embraced Kiwi life and now lives on a few acres in North Canterbury with her husband and an assortment of animals which mostly belong to the neighbours.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9780473397449
  • : Mary Egan Publishing
  • : Mary Egan Publishing
  • : August 2017
  • : New Zealand
  • : August 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 1st Edition
  • : 192
  • : Illustrations and photos throughout
  • : Nicol, Cheryl
  • : Paperback