A Better Place, new wartime novel by past resident Stephen Daisley

A book cover of Stephen Daisley's A Better Place. It's a watercolour of two men in army uniforms helping each other walking along a rocky path.
A Better Place, Stephen Daisley

A newly-launched novel by Stephen Daisley traces the harsh Second World War experiences of twin brothers serving in the Taranaki regiment as it fought in Crete, Egypt and Italy. Described as ‘beautifully written, brutal, tender and visceral, A Better Place (Text Publishing) is about art and violence, and love in its many forms’.

Stephen Daisley was the New Zealand writer in residence at Randell Cottage in 2017, during which time he worked on A Better Place, his third novel. He is a past winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award (Australia) for Traitor and New Zealand’s Ockham Prize for Coming Rain.