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Wednesday 8 March 2017 1:31pm

Liz Breslin


The book

when life gives you spoons, demand a refund, an inquiry
when life gives you spoons, scoop the innards, carve a heart
when life gives you spoons, collect a set

Alzheimer's and a Spoon takes its readers on a tangled trip. Public stories – a conversation at the Castle of the Insane, online quizzes to determine if you're mostly meercat or Hufflepuff. #stainlessteelkudos. Personal tales, of Liz's babcia, a devout Catholic and a soldier in the Warsaw Uprising, who spent her last years with Alzheimer's disease. There is much to remember that she so badly wanted to forget. What do you do when life gives you spoons?

The author

Liz Breslin lives in Hawea Flat, New Zealand, and writes poems, plays and stories as well as a fortnightly column for the Otago Daily Times. She is comfy on the page and the stage, was second runner-up in the 2014 New Zealand Poetry Slam, performed at the 2016 TEDx Queenstown and came third in the Charles Causley Trust International Poetry Competition the same year. This is her first collection.

Author website


'To find this kind of sheer brio and linguistic flair in New Zealand writing, one inevitably goes back to Janet Frame.'
– Vincent O'Sullivan

'Liz Breslin's debut volume Alzheimer's and a Spoon is exuberant, witty, great at wordplay and delightful to read'
– Nicholas Reid, Reid's Reader, October 2017

Publication Details

Paperback, 235 x 155 mm, 76 pp, ISBN 978-0-947522-98-8, $25
Published 2017

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