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Liars and Lovers

In her early twenties and with a marriage already behind her, Diane Brown set off across the world by ship. En route she finds a succession of men. But where was she en route to? There was the UK, the home of her forebears, but she hadn't gone all that way to sit in an office. There was the trip through Europe, the big O.E. that so many New Zealanders had done, but it wasn't until she reached Greece that she felt at home and bold enough to steal meat from a sheep's head and stage a sit-down strike. She finds the Adonis she was searching for but only when she returns to England. And is he all he claims to be? From a vantage point nearly thirty years on, Diane Brown looks back at the stranger who was once herself, the woman who was yet to become a writer, and tries to make sense of the old self as well as the new.
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Diane Brown is a novelist and poet. Born in Auckland, she currently lives in Dunedin where she writes books and reviews, assesses manuscripts and teaches creative writing. Her first book Before The Divorce We Go To Disneyland, a combination of prose and poetry, was published in 1997 and won the Best First Book of Poetry at the Montana Book Awards. She won the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship in 1997 and published her first prose novel If The Tongue Fits in 1999, followed by 8 Stages Of Grace a verse novel in 2002. Her short stories and poems have appeared in a variety of magazines, and she has won poetry competitions in New Zealand and England. She has appeared in many literary festivals and was Chair of the Auckland branch of the Society of Authors for four years and is now Chair of the Otago-Southland branch.

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