Author(s): Lynn Jenner
Dear Sweet Harry is Lynn Jenner's first collection - the autobiography of an obsession linking the author's own family history with that of two famous deceivers, Harry Houdini and Mata Hari. In an act of imaginative will Jenner assembles 'factions' and ephemera, poems and scraps that summon other diverse characters, objects and places: France, ham radio, World War I, trains, TB, her grandfather Harry (who saw Houdini perform in London), Katherine Mansfield and Paraparaumu. The pieces include family memories and tokens - a letter to her grandfather, a recipe for cough mixture - as well as detritus from other lives. Dear Sweet Harry is a tender and virtuoso 'Hey presto!' with a global reach and an offbeat charm unlike anything else in New Zealand literature.
Winner of the 2011 New Zealand Society of Authors Best First Book Awards: Jessie Mackay award for Poetry
Lynn Jenner began writing at the age of 49. In 2008, while studying at the International Institute of Modern letters, she received the Adam Prize in Creative Writing for Dear Sweet Harry. Her poetry has been published in the Fourth Floor Literary Journal, Turbine, Takahe, JAAM and Best New Zealand Poems 2008. Lynn lives with her partner, Tony, on the Kapiti Coast, 'just far enough from Wellington'.