Emma Neale’s sixth novel, Billy Bird, probes the life of a troubled family – Liam, Iris and eight-year-old Billy. They are all reeling from a series of tragedies that have befallen their household, and a decision is made to up sticks, swap Auckland for Dunedin, and try to put the past behind them. Iris is reluctant, but Liam is enthusiastic: “Change is the only constant” he notes, and Iris relents.
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