Wellington author launches thriller
Paul Mannering is finally batting for his home team.
The Wellington author’s first foray into speculative fiction is also his first novel to be published by a New Zealand company.
His comedic sci-fi thriller, Engines of Empathy, was released by Wellington-based Paper Road Press at a launch at Matchbox Gallery last month. It is Mannering’s fourth novel. Engines depicted a world readers would recognise, but which had been twisted slightly off its axis, Mannering said. It was based around everywoman Charlotte Pudding.
He was interested in female characters who were not the stereotypical heroines of Hollywood.
The book combines intelligent humour, quantum physics and religious fanaticism. It is aimed at a general audience aged 15 and over.