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Ten acceptable acts of arson

There are many messages in this book: Never go drinking using your passport for ID. Make sure to apply lidocaine before ripping out your toenails. Magic might be real, but it never fixes the worst of your problems. Try to fall in love with bastards. You or someone you know may be gayer than previously thought. We’re not going to make it to Mars. A locked psychiatric ward needs more books than a single copy of Jane Eyre. Asking time travellers for advice on your exams is considered cheating.

It’s not just human houses that become haunted. The key message is this: Life in the early 21st century is often very strange. So are these stories.

Ten Acceptable Acts of Arson

by Jack Remiel Cottrell

Canterbury University Press

ISBN: 9781988503257

Published: August 2021

Format: Paperback, 136 pages

Jack Remiel Cottrell

​Jack Remiel Cottrell is a cryptid lurking in the hills of east Auckland who emerges only for rugby games. He is an alumni of the 2019/20 MCW class, and winner of the Sir James Wallace Prize.