Travel the story waters
Welcome to my world...
Sara Litchfield is an author & explorer who believes in making a mark on the wall of the world. After savouring life as a theologian at Cambridge and an accountant in London, she emigrated to Middle Earth (sometimes known as New Zealand), where she now devotes herself to all things words and wonderful.
WISH UPON A SOUTHERN STAR
The Southern Cross shines high above a fairy tale wood. Come step inside. Drink dew from the leaves with tiny Tommelise. Eat egg sandwiches with a toothy young troll. Escape with Rapunzel. Trick Rumpelstiltskin. Shiver in the snow. Climb the beanstalk. Pray to the Piper. Be a cat. In and out of the wood, whether in this world or another, these stories will take you to new places. Explore how far you can go in this anthology of twenty-one fairy tale retellings by New Zealand and Australian authors.
Featuring retold fairy tales by Mahoney Adair, Goldie Alexander, Hilary Barrett, Stacey Campbell, Shelley Chappell, Hannah Davison, Graham Davidson, Simon Fogarty, Maria Hansen, S.M. Harris, K.S. Liggett, Sara Litchfield, John Lowe, Virginia Lowe, Megan Norris, Angela Oliver, Kate O’Neil, J.L. O’Rourke, Leigh Roswen, Philippa Werry, and Tony Wilson.
THE NIGHT BUTTERFLIES
It is always dark. Warmer than it should be. The sun is a dull glower of reproach, only sometimes visible through the fallout. A once-majestic university town is crumbled, ashen and divided. The Men have made their home the Facility, where they develop the medication to combat the radiation that would otherwise kill those left alive.
Another day at school for Teacher. Another morning of bullying and torment from a batch of doll-like triplets more violent and unbalanced by the day. They are the nightmare product of Project Eden, the operation devised by Leader for the survival of the community, seeded in the Mothers without their consent.
Teacher has hope. She has a secret. When it is uncovered by Jimmy-1, a triplet who might be different, what will it mean for his future and hers?
Sara Litchfield’s poetic beauty of a novel, The Night Butterflies, is an eye-opening, haunting, engrossing dystopian novel that any fans of the genre should really consider reading.
JUSTIN BOYER, A BIBLIOPHILE'S REVERIE
It’s desolate, it’s scary, and it’s staggering… The Night Butterflies is a plunge into the human soul that the reader won’t soon forget.
SARA LETOURNEAU, AUTHOR OF THE KEEPER’S CURSE
This is an intelligent read – Litchfield is not going after readers who want a predictable love triangle or the cliche plot; she’s going after a savvy, smart reader who thirsts to be whisked away on an intense journey.
BETH TELIHO, AUTHOR OF ORDER OF SEVEN
If you like a story that entertains, but also leaves you thinking about humanity (or its lack), society, love, family bonds, & so much more, then read this book. This is as much a delight for the mind as for the heart.
CHRISTINA ANNE HAWTHORNE, AUTHOR OF THE RENAISSANCE CYCLE
Sara Litchfield’s The Night Butterflies handles the topics of degradation and fear, and a society that has forgotten how to be human, with equal skill and maturity.
HELENA HANN-BASQUIAT, AUTHOR OF MEMOIRS OF A DILETTANTE
Litchfield has delivered a refined and uniquely written dystopian debut that twists, turns and truly delights.