Marion Day


Blow Me Socks off

Blow Me Socks off

11-14 years


Published by Halcyon Press NZ

Blow Me Socks Off comes hot on the heels of the popular youth-hunting book Cor Blimey, Mate. There’s even more action, more fun and fright, more blood and guts, more adventure… In this follow-up book of hunting stories, you’ll dart to and fro from the known and into the great unknown. At times, all that will stand out are the whites of your eyes, the sweat on your brow and heart beating hard.

Something will be moving...

Maybe a crimson spot on a stag’s forehead is the only thing you’ll see before he falls forward to rest on the ground, never to wake, or the flash of his rear end as disappears into the native bush forever. Maybe you’ll hear Storm’s breath cut sharply as he and his master await the first familiar green flashes in the early night sky, iridescent, the shimmer, the flat orange feet and the frantic shot before the wild duck falls to the ground. Maybe you’ll be lucky and come across your own white stag, your own cunning boar and maybe you’ll be unlucky to have a Camp Mutha on one of your hunting trips.

There’s the Glory Hunter who’s full of arrogant wit and shit, there’s the boy who promises to keep his aim straight, the mighty stag that beats to death his enemy and the wild boar who meets an untimely end when lured by a female of his own kind.

From the book:

We had spotted it some time ago. It was a twelve pointer, and I knew right then and there that I had to have it. We crept through the native bush as quietly as possible, Dad with his rifle slung over his shoulder, me right behind him. But the twigs beneath our feet crackled noisily as if to warn of our approach. It must have worked because each time we came in rifle range, the creature fled. I cursed the twigs. Why wouldn’t they mind their own business?

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Marion won the Rural Women's New Zealand National Short Story Competition - Present category. Her story will appear in the 2025 RWZZ Centennial Book, available in bookshops when published. Wellington City Libraries has chosen Pakupaku Pīwakawaka to have its pages transformed into billboards for a nature trail in one of Wellington's central parks. WCL works with the city's Parks, Sports, and Recreation staff on a project called Te Ara Pukapuka (Book Pathways). The billboards will be placed throughout nature trails and reserve pathways in Wellington for tamariki and their whānau to discover while exploring the region.

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Marion is a member of:

  • New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA)
  • Storylines
  • Rural Women New Zealand
  • NZSA Top of the South
  • Writers of Marlborough
  • Writers in Schools Programme