Rocking Horse Road

Author: Carl Nixon

Lucy Asher’s murder makes a huge impact on all those who live along Rocking Horse Road, running through the Spit, a long ‘finger of bone-dry sand’ between the ocean and the estuary. For one hot summer, the event brings together a group of fifteen-year-old boys and then keeps them linked for the rest of their lives.

Evolving from Nixon’s celebrated short story, this powerful novel is much more than an intelligently evoked murder mystery. It is a book about coming of age and loss of innocence, not just for the characters but for New Zealand, as the country turns upon itself during the 1981 Springbok Tour. It examines how early events can influence the rest of our lives, and probes ideas of community, collective memory and story-telling.

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Original Language

ENGLISH (for ANZ) | Random House New Zealand

Translation Rights

CHINESE (Complex) | Crown
FRENCH | Éditions de l'Aube
GERMAN | Weidle Verlag

Film Rights

South Pacific Pictures.


«Intensely atmospheric, it strongly evokes 1980s New Zealand – dairies, summer, the beach, teenage boredom and sexual yearning... Rocking Horse Road is also a powerful exploration of maleness, and of grief and the impossibility of articulating grief.» The Dominion Post

«...the whodunit is just a small part of what makes this book such a joy to read.» Australian Women's Weekly

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