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A wild child finds settling down is suicide. An old man follows the girl of his dreams. Two mates waste a decade one-upping each other. A bogan bothers his way into the history books. Damaged daddies, angry young men, struggling saints, a has-been with a harem, a regretful gangsta... and a godfather grandmother. Here's the fourth folio of striking stories by NZ writer ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published May 29th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Lestat
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
The author reached out to me and asked for an honest review for this book. I am a big fan of short stories, and for championing the little guy, hence reading this book appealed to me. The stories explore the many aspects of Kiwi (low)life; these settings were a novelty in themselves as most literature is based in the Americas or United Kingdom.

Some of the slang was lost on me, though, and given how small the nation is it's no wonder that patterns begin emerging (everyone uses ice cream
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Noelene
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. This book was hard to review as some of the stories rated one star and others were far more engaging. Generally most of the stories were written in first person and so this approach became boring for me as a reader. The topics written about certainly highlighted the low life of this world. It was very sexist in places because of it. The author used authentic language so you needed to decipher the slang and the spelling. The over reliance on ...more
Hannah-May
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This collection of short fiction is not for the faint hearted. Gritty and hard, this collection centers on outsider characters - users, abusers, the misused, the misunderstood. The use of colloquial language dives the reader straight in amongst people they may not usually encounter in their day to day lives, and offers a believable alternative perspective. Botur's work reminds me authors like Alan Duff, Paul Jennings and Chuck Palahniuk and to me, this is by far his best collection yet.
Michael Botur
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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I’ve been reading Mike Botur’s short story collection – ‘LOWLIFE’, & while I haven’t quite finished the book, I wanted to post something now. It’s a great read – a series of colourful, funny narratives involving a bunch of dreamers, munters & losers, from many walks of Kiwi life. Most of these people are just hanging on to their jobs & relationships. You get to be a real ‘fly on the wall’ & see how these twisted little scenarios pan out. MB also
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Review by Jeremy Roberts for Takahe magazine 1 1 May 20, 2018 03:26PM  
Review of 'Lowlife' in North & South magazine, Feb 2018 1 1 Jan 15, 2018 11:14PM  
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Author of these short story collections:

Lowlife (2017), Spitshine (2015) , Mean (2014) , Hot Bible! (2013)

Short work published in literary journals includes:

‘Saturday 77’ – story – Newfound, Texas, 2015
‘The Bigshot – Swamp, University of Newcastle, 2015
‘Latter Day Lepers’ – Tākahe magazine August 2013
‘Mr Impatient’ – short story, Deep South, University of Otago, 2014
‘Rubbernecker’ – Landfall 221,
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