Author(s): Ronald Hugh Morrieson
Dop 2009, Wellington 138mmx210mm/210pp softcover Youthful Cedric, bored and waiting for something to change his life in the direction of his fantasies and dreams, meets Mervyn and his unusual friend. He is caught up in plots and events that both excite him and alarm him. Harmless pranks become serious crimes and while Cedric battles his conscience he yet yearns to punish some of those around him. This wondrous New Zealand tale delights with the richness of its language and the storytelling skill of the writer, offering a potent mix of psychological insight, tension and comic twist.
Ronald Hugh Morrieson (1922-72), novelist and short story writer, lived, wrote and died in Hawera, South Taranaki. Until the age of 37 he worked as a casual dance-band player in the Hawera area, but then became a private music-teacher in order to free his evenings for the career in writing which he had always intended. Morrieson's fear that he might be 'another of those poor buggers who gets discovered when they're dead', was to be cruelly prophetic.