In 2011 Breton Dukes' first collection of critically acclaimed short stories, BirdNorth, was published. That year, Breton was also the recipient of the Creative New Zealand Louis Johnson Writer's Bursary. Empty Bones (2014), a novella and five short stories, is his second book.
Breton lives with his wife in Kaikorai Valley, Dunedin. He is a telephonist for the government. His interests include rabbit shooting, tenting and cookery.
Bird North is a striking first collection of stories from a writer who has zeroed in on his subject and delivered an intense, necessary book. —Damien Wilkins