Rising to the Surface

Latika Vasil


A dazzling début collection of short stories.

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  • A businessman meets a tattoo artist on a plane and finds his world beginning to unravel.
  • A desperate real estate agent has one last chance to make a sale.
  • A rock star lookalike postie steals a postcard and has a change of luck.
  • An eccentric boy with an interest in Winston Churchill’s parrot receives a diagnosis – but will his mother accept it?
  • A lonely woman befriends the boy next door, who shares his love of pyrotechnic experiments and letters from Africa from his missionary mother.

These are some of the characters that form the cast of these short stories by Latika Vasil. Her portraits of disengaged and often idiosyncratic individuals, out of step with their worlds, are sketched with insight, compassion and humour.

About the author

Latika was born in India and grew up in Wellington. After completing more degrees than strictly needed, she lived and worked in Florida and Singapore before returning to Wellington in time for the latest recession. She has been a university lecturer and an adviser in the public service, and is currently a freelance researcher and writer. She lives in Wellington with her husband and two sons

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Soft cover: 978-1-927242-12-4, ePub: 978-1-927242-33-9, Kindle: 978-1-927242-34-6