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.
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?
Marion's debut young adult novel, Whakaari, was published in March. Her second young adult novel, Pipi, will be released next year. The Elton Omnibus (four picture books in one) is nearing completion. In its early stage is Pakupaki Pīwakawaka, a new book in Marion’s popular nature series. Release date October.
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