Rocking Horse Road

Author(s): Carl Nixon

NZ Fiction

The body of a teenage girl is found on the beach in the days leading up to Christmas, 1980. It's an event that makes a huge impact on all those who live along Rocking Horse Road, which runs through the Spit, a long finger of bone-dry sand between the ocean and the estuary. It's an event that for one hot summer brings together a group of fifteen-year-old boys and then keeps them linked for the rest of their lives.

Evolving from Nixon's celebrated short story, this powerful novel is much more than an intelligently evoked murder mystery. It's a book about coming of age and loss of innocence, not just for the characters but for New Zealand, as the country turns upon itself during the 1981 Springbok Tour. It examines how early events can influence the rest of our lives, and probes ideas of community, collective memory and story-telling. Above all, it's a compelling story, set in a New Zealand we can all recognise. First published July 2007.


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Carl Nixon is a full-time writer of short fiction and plays. His works for theatre includes an adaptation of The Book of Fame and another of J.M. Coetzee's Booker Prize winner DISGRACE. His first book, FISH 'N' CHIP SHOP SONG AND OTHER STORIES was published in 2006. He lives in Christchurch with his young family.

General Fields

  • : 9781869419073
  • : Random House New Zealand Ltd
  • : Vintage New Zealand
  • : July 2007
  • : New Zealand
  • : January 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Carl Nixon
  • : Paperback
  • : Reprint
  • : 823.2
  • : 234pp
  • : Modern fiction