Lawrence Patchett was a winner of The Long and the Short of It short story competition in 2011. His work has also appeared in Sport, Dominion Post, Booknotes, Hue & Cry and Turbine. He recently completed a PhD in creative writing at Victoria University, and lives in Raumati.
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