The Tally Stick

The Tally Stick

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Lost in the wilderness: subjugation, survival, and the meaning of family

Up on the highway, the only evidence that the Chamberlains had ever been there was two smeared tire tracks in the mud leading into an almost undamaged screen of bushes and trees. No other cars passed that way until after dawn. By that time the tracks had been washed away by the heavy rain. After being in New Zealand for only five days, the English Chamberlain family had vanished into thin air. The date was 4 April 1978. In 2010 the remains of the eldest child are discovered in a remote part of the West Coast, showing he lived for four years after the family disappeared. Found alongside him are his father's watch and what turns out to be a tally stick, a piece of scored wood marking items of debt. How had he survived and then died in such a way? Where is the rest of the family? And what is the meaning of the tally stick?



Author: Carl Nixon
Publisher: World Editions
Published: 01/18/2022
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.40w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781642860986

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 11/08/2021

About the Author

Carl Nixon was born in Christchurch in 1967 and is one of New Zealand's leading authors. He has written several novels, a collection of short stories, and numerous theatrical scripts. His books have regularly appeared on New Zealand's bestselling fiction lists and have been listed for international awards, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best First Book (South East Asia and Australasia region), and the Dublin International IMPAC Awards. He has adapted for the stage Lloyd Jones's novel The Book of Fame and J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace. In 2018 Nixon was awarded the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship in France, where he worked on The Tally Stick.