Breton Dukes is the author of What Sort of Man (2020), and two previous collections of short stories, Bird North (2011) and Empty Bones (2014). He received the Creative New Zealand Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary in 2011.
Breton lives with his wife and three young children in Dunedin. His interests include cookery and swimming.
'These are finely focused stories, done with the confidence of a writer who knows precisely what he wants to show, and how to show it. Their telling, and their method of telling, is confidently his own.' —Vincent O'Sullivan, Landfall Review Online
'a thrilling, surgical examination into the everyday tragedies of domestic New Zealand.' —Sam Brooks, The Spinoff
'The stories have the ability to be acutely pungent, bitter almost, but also offer sweet insights into the panorama of human experience. Dukes knows exactly how to bring that wide stretch of humanity to the sharpest detail of an event, an individual, a discovery.' —Paula Green, NZ Herald
'. . . boldness, black humour, dialogue that rings true but demonstrates people talking past each other, and a respect for the unpalatable realities of life. Characters are exposed as vulnerable and self-serving. There are moments of tenderness, even love.' —Christine Johnston, NZ Books
'. . . brief, stark sentences, uncompromising honesty in language and content, perfectly timed flashes of lyricism. The polished tales in Bird North and other stories add sudden contrasts and subtle confounding of a reader’s expectations into the mix, demanding careful reading – and rewarding it handsomely.' —Sam Finnemore, NZ Listener