Author(s): Mary McCallum
Lilian lives in an isolated island community at the mouth of Tory Channel trying to make the best of a life that has at its core a secret grief. It is 1938 and for three months of every year the men take to the sea to hunt whales with fast boats and explosive harpoons. This year, the whales aren't the only ones returning Lilian's troubled son Micky has come home too. In this rugged, unsettled world, things are not always what they seem.'The Blue creates in glowing detail both a community and a place, and tells a richly atmospheric and suspenseful story. It's a novel of delicacy when it treats the interior life of its characters but it also has absolute confidence when summoning the physical world. This is an involving, rewarding book made with care and skill and gusto.' Damien Wilkins'The Blue is a fine piece of work which I immensely enjoyed reading. It is imaginatively conceived, cleverly structured and written in an elegant and considered style, often with great beauty in its phrasing and imagery.' Fiona Kidman
Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Readers' Choice Award 2008 and New Zealand Society of Authors Best First Book Awards: Hubert Church Award for Fiction 2008. Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Fiction Category 2008.
Mary McCallum was one of the top students in the 2005 Victoria University creative writing class. She is an experienced journalist and broadcaster, and a frequent participant in the Wellington literary scene (for example, she is a regular contributor to www.leafsalon.co.nz ).