Bill Manhire (ed)

Six by Six: Short Stories by New Zealand’s Best Writers | THW Classic


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JULY 2021


First published in 1989 and reprinted numerous times, Six by Six remains the definitive introduction to the classic New Zealand short story.

Six by Six is a big, generous book. It shows the full range and vitality of New Zealand fiction published in the twentieth century. These are stories of pace and invention, mischief and melancholy, darkness and joy. From a two-page sketch by Patricia Grace to Maurice Duggan’s short novel ‘O’Leary’s Orchard’. From classics like Katherine Mansfield’s ‘The Garden Party’ and Frank Sargeson’s ‘Conversation with My Uncle’ to the contemporary brilliance of Owen Marshall and Janet Frame.

Edited by Bill Manhire.



Katherine Mansfield
The Woman at the Store
The Daughters of the Late Colonel
Her First Ball
The Voyage
The Garden Party

Frank Sargeson
Conversation with My Uncle
An Affair of the Heart
The Making of a New Zealander
The Hole That Jack Dug
The Undertaker’s Story
Just Trespassing, Thanks

Maurice Duggan
A Small Story
In Youth is Pleasure
The Wits of Willie Graves
Blues for Miss Laverty
Along Rideout Road That Summer
O’Leary’s Orchard

Janet Frame
Keel and Kool
The Reservoir
The Bull Calf
You Are Now Entering the Human Heart

Patricia Grace
A Way of Talking
Between Earth and Sky
The Wall

Owen Marshall
The Master of Big Jingles
Kenneth’s Friend
The Seed Merchant
A Day with Yesterman
A Poet's Dream of Amazons
Off By Heart

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