Ash Arising

I’m pleased to announce that ‘Ash Arising’ has been shortlisted for the 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. To see the press release, click HERE:


Published 1 June Penguin RRP $19.99
Ash Arising: The gripping sequel to the prize-winning thriller The Nature of Ash.

Ash McCarthy thought he had done enough by broadcasting his story to the world, exposing the corruption and lies of Prime Minister Chandler and his cronies. With his small band of friends and family on a remote campsite in the backcountry, he awaits the international community to answer his call for action. But the public response is not what he had hoped for and the fallout from his revelations will lead him and his companions into even more danger.

Can Ash withstand the new challenges that confront him? And what of Mikey – can he survive in this increasingly merciless world?

Chilling and page-turning, this compelling novel crackles with political intrigue, fast-paced action, unexpected twists and lots of heart. This is a story that empowers young readers and encourages their political awareness, giving a positive message of demanding honest government, challenging corruption, non-violence, racial equality and respect for all.

Ash Arising can be read as a stand-alone novel, but readers will love it so much they’ll
want to go back and read the prequel.

The Nature of Ash won LIANZA YA Fiction Award 2013 and was shortlisted for NZ Post
Children’s Book Awards 2103. It has been reissued this year.

For further information contact: Liz West
09 442 7453

And for a blog post on the new book check here