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The Bush Baptist
Paul Burns
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The Bush Baptist

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Holbach grew up in Auckland in the 1950s and 1960s. Belief in magic helped him to deal with the unhappiness of his early years until events left him feeling cursed. During adolescence, he places his faith in science and looks at religions the way others observe the behaviour of ants.

He is slow to fall in love and when this does happen it ends badly. Misfortune prompts him
Published July 13th 2013 (first published July 9th 2013)
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Dec 20, 2014 Paul added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Reviewed by Maggie Taylor in The Journal of New Zealand & Pacific Studies

New Zealander Paul Burns’s short story Folie à Deux won the Leonard A. Koval short story competition in 2012 and was published later that year by Labello Press in their Gem Street Anthology. In the call for submissions to the competition, the publisher announced that they were ‘looking for writing with guts and honesty. Humour is appreciated. Simplicity is foremost. Bravery is key’. In his second novel, The Bush Baptist
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