Pearly Gates by Owen Marshall
Written by Owen Marshall
Audio adaptation by Carol Dee
Told by Gavin Rutherford
Engineered by Marc Chesterman
Produced by Duncan Smith
Pat `Pearly' Gates has achieved a lot in his life and evinces considerable satisfaction in his achievements. He has a reputation as a former Otago rugby player and believes he would have been an All Black but for sporting injuries. He runs a successful real-estate agency in a provincial South Island town, of which he is the second-term mayor. Popular, happily married, well established, he cuts an impressive figure, especially in his own eyes.
But will his pride and complacency come before a fall?
Owen Marshall is a renowned short story writer and novelist, who worked for more than 20 years as a teacher before retiring to work full time as a writer. Many critics rank Marshall among the finest, if not the finest, of New Zealand’s short story writers.