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Rosetta Allan

Rosetta Allan is an Auckland-based writer and graduate of the Master of Creative Writing Programme, University of Auckland, who grew up in Hawke's Bay. Her first poetry collection, Little Rock, was released in 2007, and her second volume, Over lunch, in 2010. Her poetry has appeared in publications and anthologies in New Zealand, Australia and the USA, and in online literary journals. Rosetta's first novel, Purgatory, is based on the Otahuhu murders of 1865.

MCW Books

Crazy Love

Based on the author's own experiences, this vivid novel explores how - as the Van Morrison song suggests - crazy love can take away the troubles. It can, though, add a whole lot more. 'We save each other, don’t we, when we are in love.' It has been 28 years…
Rosetta Allan
May 10, 2024
MCW Books

The Unreliable People

Is all love doomed under a heartless regime? Antonina is a student at the prestigious Academy of Art in St Petersburg. At times, though, she feels she might be a better fit at the Centre of Nonconformist Art across town. She knows she stands out as different, being neither Russian,…
Rosetta Allan
May 8, 2024
2019 SpringT3BOOKS

Excerpt from The Unreliable People

My name is Moon Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, USSR – 1977   There aren't many words of the old country that survived the homogenisation of Stalin's collective farms. Only the old people harbour much knowledge of the language, but they refuse to speak it. The fragments Antonina hears are the ones her…
Rosetta Allan
December 18, 2019