Russell Haley

Russell Haley

Russell Haley left England for Australia in 1961 and came to New Zealand in 1966 where he lives in Auckland with his wife and children. He has published two volumes of poetry, and an earlier collection of stories.

Real Illusions

Fiction by Russell Haley

Russell Haley has been dubbed ’probably / The best Yorkshire surrealist writing in New Zealand.’ The joke teasingly anticipates the tales in Real Illusions. These fictions range across specific locations (especially Yorkshire, especially New Zealand) but they also explore all of the ’dislocations’ which lie between. Real Illusions is a book about migration––haunted by journeys, bridges, ancestral ghosts; mirrors and houses, families, coastlines, landscapes which have the disturbing familiarity of dreams.…
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