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Book Launch | ‘Signs of Life’ by Amy Head

August 24, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us and Te Herenga Waka University Press to celebrate the launch of award-winning author Amy Head’s latest offering – Signs of Life, set in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquakes. This event is proudly part of WORD Festival 2023.

All welcome – arrive from 5.30pm for a 6pm start. Please RSVP to rsvp@scorpiobooks.co.nz for catering purposes.



Christchurch, post quakes, and the earth is still settling. Containers line the damaged streets, whose inhabitants waver – like their city – suspended between disaster and recovery. Tony, very much alive, is declared dead, Gerald misreads one too many situations in his community patrol, and boomer Carla tries online dating. At the epicentre of these taut, magnetic stories is twenty-something Flick who, just as she is finding her feet again, faces another violent disruption – this time in human form – while her mostly-ex gets set to marry.

Keenly observed and deftly humorous, Signs of Life turns on the smallest of details to tell the biggest of stories: how we carry on.


‘Through the rubble of Amy Head’s pungent, post-quake Christchurch flickers Flick, a young woman trying to make sense of a terrible event and its endless aftermath. In her pages it all comes back, uneasily, but also with brief moments of beauty, little eruptions of comedy. Life wins out, in the end, in this bright and original piece of discontinuous fiction – a fine tribute to everyone who survived, to those who didn’t, and to the form it’s written in.’ —Patrick Evans

‘From comical to terrifying, mundane to profound, these stories traverse the intersecting lives of a multigenerational cast in surprising and original ways. Amy Head has a masterful approach.’ —Airini Beautrais


August 24, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Scorpio Books


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