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281 Karangahape Rd Auckland

John Summers

The Mermaid Boy


From Christchurch to China, from mattress manufacture to Burmese medicine, these true stories explore one man's experience with the exotic and the mundane. Witty, perceptive, and often surprising, The Mermaid Boy introduces striking new ways to write about love, travel, and home.

John Summers’ writing has appeared in SPORT, Landfall, North & South, The Spinoff as well as Hue & Cry Journal. He won the 2016 Sunday Star Times Short Story Award for non-fiction, and was a finalist in the 2019 Voyager Media Awards. His second book The Commerical Hotel was published by Victoria University Press in 2021.