12 Apr 2023

Author Sue McCauley on her latest novel Landed

From Nine To Noon, 11:20 am on 12 April 2023
Author portrait, book cover

Photo: Tessa Charles

In her first novel in decades, author Sue McCauley explores the theme of starting over in your mid-60s amid a rapidly-changing New Zealand of the 1980s.

In Landed, the main character Briar is left to pick up the pieces following the sudden death of her husband - and discovery of the mismanagement of their money.

Alone and unsure, she navigates life around worries for her two of her three grown-up children and a longing for life on her family's farm in North Canterbury.

Sue has had a long and varied career, from radio copywriter and journalist, as well as mother, author and farmer.

Her first novel Other Halves won awards and Wattie Book of the Year Award and the New Zealand Book Award for Fiction made into a film with Sue writing the screenplay.

She joins Susie to talk about Landed, for which she'll be featured at the Auckland Writers Festival next month.