I Got His Blood On Me: Frontier Tales
A bloodied figure travels through time, a stepfather kicks a ball and curses a snack machine, a cranky ghost brakes a Kāpiti train. From a reimagined history to a future where holograms walk the streets, these stories traverse time and genre to explore the frontiers that face the adventurous — now and in the past.
Winner of New Zealand Post Book Awards: Best First Book of Fiction 2013.
Shortlisted for Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Collected Work 2013.
‘Lawrence Patchett is an articulate and philosophical author who creates terrific frontier stories. His tales describe moments of conflict, struggle and human frailty and yet his characters find a kind of peace through self-awareness, human connection and compassion. This is a rugged and haunting collection which has remained in my thoughts months after its first reading.’ – Laurence Fearnley ‘… a corker of a tale by Lawrence Patchett about the lifesaving power of storytelling itself.’ – Metro (Jolisa Gracewood) ‘The winning story over 10,000 words, Lawrence Patchett’s ‘The Road to Tokomairiro’, is elegant, with a deep sympathy towards the people involved.’ – The NZ Listener (Sarah Laing) ‘The Road to Tokomairiro’ shows us how ordinary human fortitude and decency can be, even in the most troubled circumstances. The story has moral seriousness, but feels ‘lighter’ than its subject matter, perhaps because it is so beautifully and sympathetically written.’ – Judges’ Report, The Long and the Short of It