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Nic Low is a writer of Ngai Tahu and European descent who divides his time between Melbourne and Christchurch. His writing on wilderness, technology and race has been widely published and anthologised on both sides of the Tasman. His first book was Arms Race, a collection of speculative fictions shortlisted for the Readings and Steele Rudd prizes, and named a New Zealand Listener and Australian Book Review book of the year.


'[Nic Low] is a very endearing storyteller and an earnest storyteller as well...It's such a pleasure to read.' * Loose Reads, 95b FM *
'A narrative of multiple crossings of Ka Tiritiri-o-te-moana, the South Island's Main Divide, Uprising is a song to the mountains, rivers, glaciers, coasts, skies, weather and more...It is a meditation that intensifies as the book unfolds. And it is deeply personal.' * Kete *
'This really is an outstanding book, and one that anyone who likes to wander through the South Island back-country, or who has an interest in the history of that area, needs to read. For many, it will enable the hills to be viewed with a new lens.' * Otago Daily Times *
'[A] great read...Uprising will join the New Zealand canon or blow past it, but whichever, it'll make an impact...[It] treads the line between trauma and humour, fact and speculative fiction, between Pa keha and Ma ori and between two languages...Let's consign this book to a natural progression into myth. That it cast the same strange light Keri Hulme once saw over "this shining land". That it was called in by the mountains themselves, who yanked a storyteller out of a land full of dust and flies and set him to work on a story wrought from mist and snow. Because it was time. And that he used, with great skill, English words alongside te reo to measure the reach and fetch of the old land.' * NZ Listener *
'There's a bristling, playful energy to Nic Low's writing...the narrative fairly pulses along at a cracking pace with unexpected detours.' * Age on Arms Race *
'[Low's] writing is fierce and uncompromising, bringing contemporary anxieties to the surface...This collection fights and grapples with language, counter-culture and consumerism, the characters inhabiting a plastic-elastic world being reshaped in the mould of whoever gets to the gold first...Seductive and frightening.' * Weekend Australian on Arms Race *
'Uprising is a revelation...carefully researched, well-written, makes dozens of astute observations...and takes New Zealand mountaineering literature to somewhere new and overdue.' * NZ Alpine Club *
'Low delicately meanders across multiple spaces which cannot be mapped in any obvious way, across culture, history, spirituality and colonization...[He] reveals his vulnerability with astounding honesty.' * Timmah Ball, Sydney Review of Books *
'A lyrical exploration of alpine trails, history and memory that brilliantly treads the line between trauma and humour, fact and fiction, and Maori and Pakeha worlds.' * Listener (Best books of 2021) *
'Nic Low invites us to experience a Maori understanding of language, land, and history. The book provides both a comfort read and education.' * Tony Birch, ABR Books of the Year 2021 *

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