Author(s): Kate De Goldi
Barney Kettle knew he would be a very famous film director one day, he just didn't know when that day would arrive. He was already an actual director--he'd made four fifteen-minute films--but so far only his schoolmates and the residents of the High Street had viewed them. Global fame was a little way off. It would come, though. Barney was certain about that....
So begins the manuscript written from the hospital bed of an unnamed man.
He has written it over many months as he recovers from serious injuries sustained in a city-wide catastrophe.
He has written so he can remember the street where he lived, home to a cavalcade of interesting people, singular shops, and curious stories.
He has written so he can remember the summer before he was injured, the last days of a vanished world.
Above all, he has written so he can remember the inimitable Barney Kettle, filmmaker, part-time dictator, questing brain, theatrical friend; a boy who loved to invent stories but found a real one under his nose; a boy who explored his neighbourhood with camera in hand and stumbled on a mystery that changed everything....
From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle is a beautiful story: big-hearted, richly entertaining, powerful.
Winner of the Esther Glen Junior Fiction Book Award at NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2016
Kate De Goldi is one of New Zealand's most loved authors, whose short fiction, novels and picture books engage children, teenagers and adults alike. The author of the phenomenal The 10 PM Question, which has been published extensively overseas, she is a two-time winner of the New Zealand Post Children's Book of the Year Award. The 10 PM Question won Book of the Year and Best Young Adult Fiction in the 2009 New Zealand Post Children's and Young Adults' Book Awards, was a runner-up in the 2009 Montana NZ Book Awards, and won the Readers' Choice Award. It was a finalist in the LIANZA Children's Book Awards for the Esther Glen Award, was shortlisted for the Nielsen BookData NZ Booksellers' Choice Award, and was selected for the 2009 edition of the prestigious international catalogue The White Ravens. In 2010 De Goldi was awarded the Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers' Fellowship to research and write a book on children's book collector, Susan Price. She has a regular spot reviewing children's books on Saturday Mornings with Kim Hill on National Radio.