Chris Else


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The world is going crazy. In a not too distant future, climate change is slowly drowning coastal areas, Artificial Intelligence is running almost everything, and social media continues to rule people’s lives.

Waterline explores the choices our own and future generations might have to make in our increasingly complex society. It is a dramatic tale, laced with dark humour, about responsibility, self-determination and the search for love.

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Weight 0.9 kg
Dimensions 15.3 × 23.4 cm

About the Author

Chris Else (born 1942) is a New Zealand author of novels, collections of short stories, and poems.

Born in Cottingham, Yorkshire in the United Kingdom, Chris Else emigrated to New Zealand in 1956.

He was educated at Auckland Grammar School and the University of Auckland.

Else has worked in teaching, bookselling and data-processing. Currently he is a literary agent, technical writing consultant and partner with his wife and fellow novelist, Barbara Else, in a Wellington editorial agency, TFS Literary Agency and Manuscript Assessment Service, which among other contributions is credited by Alan Duff for ‘visionary advice’ in the acknowledgments to Once Were Warriors.

While he was at the Auckland Teachers’ Training College, he was awarded the 64 Literature Cup in successive years, 1965 and 1966.

In 2005, he was elected President of The New Zealand Society of Authors.

In 2007, he was appointed Chairman of Directors of Copyright Licensing Limited and in that year also was Writer in Residence at King’s College, Auckland.

In 2011, Else was awarded the Autumn Residency at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Devonport, Auckland, to work on a major new novel which explores how New Zealand society began to change in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Waterline by Chris Else


ISBN: 9780995105362

Pages: 320

Format: Paperback

Author: Chris Else

Published: 31 October 2019


“Chris Else’s new novel fits neatly into the zeitgeist of current speculative fiction… Waterline is a page-turner. Else sets up jeopardy and danger within the first few pages… A thoughtful and entertaining work.”

Stephanie Johnson, Landfall Review Online

“You can be confident of certain things when you read a Chris Else story.

“It’ll be nuanced and thoughtful; it’ll challenge norms, in style and subject matter and it’ll show the trade skills of someone who’s made words his profession and passion for decades. The Wellington author’s ninth book of fiction shows all these qualities and is urgently topical as well…

“I’ve often thought that fiction makes a better messenger than non-fiction. Stories can persuade better than homilies. This rapid, relevant narrative of individual worth in a damaged world shows that nicely. I read to the end and forgot to do the dishes. It’s all Chris Else’s fault.”

David Hill, Weekend Herald