Cliff Fell

The Adulterer's Bible

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Winner of the 2004 NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry

The Adulterer's Bible is a wickedly entertaining collection of poems from one of the most distinctive new voices in New Zealand writing.

From autobiographical lyrics like ‘'The Adulterer Becomes a Roadie for the Clash' and 'Thinks About Sleeping with their Girlfriends’' to the long poem '‘Ophelia’', about the tender love between an adolescent boy and an orangutan, to the reconstructed writings of Nelson legend Fidel Serif, this book will surprise and delight.


I'’m learning to lie because lies are made of gold
and when they roll off my tongue I feel like a rich man.
And every tongue my tongue touches turns to gold
like I’'m the King Midas of French kissing.

Come, my love, let'’s spend it while we can
before you see who I really am:
the small man who stamps his feet on the floor,
tongue-tied when his name turns the gold to straw.

Cliff Fell was born in London in 1955. He travelled, lived and worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, before coming to New Zealand in 1997. His second book, Beauty of the Badlands, was published in October 2008.

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