Lost in the wilderness: subjugation, survival, and the meaning of family
Up on the highway, the only evidence that the Chamberlains had ever been there was two smeared tire tracks in the mud leading into an almost undamaged screen of bushes and trees. No other cars passed that way until after dawn. By that time the tracks had been washed away by the heavy rain. After being in New Zealand for only five days, the English Chamberlain family had vanished into thin air. The date was 4 April 1978. In 2010 the remains of the eldest child are discovered in a remote part of the West Coast, showing he lived for four years after the family disappeared. Found alongside him are his father's watch and what turns out to be a tally stick, a piece of scored wood marking items of debt. How had he survived and then died in such a way? Where is the rest of the family? And what is the meaning of the tally stick?
About the Author
Carl Nixon was born in Christchurch in 1967 and is one of New Zealand's leading authors. His books regularly appear on New Zealand's bestselling fiction lists and have been listed for international awards, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best First Book (South East Asia and Australasia region), and the Dublin International IMPAC Awards. He has adapted for the stage Lloyd Jones's novel The Book of Fame and J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace. The Tally Stick, his latest novel, was on the New Zealand fiction bestseller list for six months and has been shortlisted for the 2021 Ngaio Marsh Awards. Preparations for a screen adaptation are underway.