Welling­ton au­thor launches thriller

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By BRITTANY MANN

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.

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