Necessary Secrets makes Ockham longlist

We’re thrilled that Greg McGee’s incendiary novel, Necessary Secrets, has made the longlist for the 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Necessary Secrets is one of 10 titles on the longlist for the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize. A shortlist will be announced on 4 March.

A dark, funny examination of modern family life in New Zealand,  Necessary Secrets both delights and shocks as it pulls focus on diverse fragments of contemporary NZ.

“They were inextricably bound together, a disparate little family with a black hole of secrets at their centre, a centripetal force-field pulling them powerfully into the same orbit.”

Dennis Sparks is turning 70 and, armed with a snub-nosed Walther PPK, he’s contemplating his mortality. Gathered at his Herne Bay home are Den’s three adult children – Will, Ellie and Stan. Before the night is out the house will be razed to the ground.

Spanning the seasons, ranging from Herne Bay to Golden Bay, the novel is told in four parts, each one from the point of view of a different family member. As the year unfolds, so do the secrets. Serious secrets: arson, infidelity, addiction and murder.

Click here to start reading the book.