Six by Six: Short Stories by New Zealand’s Best Writers

Six by Six: Short Stories by New Zealand’s Best Writers

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 First published in 1989 and reprinted numerous times, Six by Six remains the definitive introduction to the classic New Zealand short story.

Six by Six is a big, generous book. It shows the full range and vitality of New Zealand fiction published in the twentieth century. These are stories of pace and invention, mischief and melancholy, darkness and joy. From a two-page sketch by Patricia Grace to Maurice Duggan’s short novel ‘O’Leary’s Orchard’. From classics like Katherine Mansfield’s ‘The Garden Party’ and Frank Sargeson’s ‘Conversation with My Uncle’ to the contemporary brilliance of Owen Marshall and Janet Frame.

Edited by Bill Manhire.


Katherine Mansfield
  • The Woman at the Store
  • Prelude
  • The Daughters of the Late Colonel
  • Her First Ball
  • The Voyage
  • The Garden Party

Frank Sargeson
  • Conversation with My Uncle
  • An Affair of the Heart
  • The Making of a New Zealander
  • The Hole That Jack Dug
  • The Undertaker’s Story
  • Just Trespassing, Thanks

Maurice Duggan
  • A Small Story
  • In Youth is Pleasure
  • The Wits of Willie Graves
  • Blues for Miss Laverty
  • Along Rideout Road That Summer
  • O’Leary’s Orchard

Janet Frame
  • Keel and Kool
  • Solutions
  • The Reservoir
  • The Bull Calf
  • You Are Now Entering the Human Heart
  • Insulation

Patricia Grace
  • A Way of Talking
  • Valley
  • Between Earth and Sky
  • Waimarie
  • The Wall
  • Kahawai

Owen Marshall
  • The Master of Big Jingles
  • Kenneth’s Friend
  • The Seed Merchant
  • A Day with Yesterman
  • A Poet's Dream of Amazons
  • Off By Heart

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