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The thirteen short stories and novella that make up The
Fetish Collection are varied other than each including at
least one unusual sexual preference. These range from
ablutophilia (bathing) to zonaphilia (girdles). See below for
The characters deal with issues at different stages of life
including a boy who can’t understand why men stare at his
mother, a student grappling with honesty, a priest who no longer
has faith, grief in old age and a woman facing imminent death.
Some stories feature explicit sexual scenes, others are coyer.
geographic spread is wide and the period covered stretches from
WWII to the present day.
The collection includes one modern Gothic tale, the
prize-winning Folie à Deux.
Folie à Deux A man addicted to affairs with married
women and obsessed with intimate presents from their husbands
follows a former a lover to a pub that he cannot find the next
The Ogling Men
A young boy whose father has deserted his family goes on a
trip to London. He notices men staring at his mother.
A teenager born in Iran finds a New Zealand born woman, the
daughter of refugees, shivering in park. A platonic relationship
develops despite a thirty year age difference.
Keepers A magistrate faces a
dilemma when he realises his clerk of court is the client of a
dominatrix, one of two women appearing before him.
A young English bully and gang member stumbles across a
video that fixates his sexual attention.
Harem A prig retreats to the
Coromandel Peninsula. His seclusion ends when he meets a dying
man and the women friends he has gathered at his home.
A girl becomes desperate to escape Swansea after an older man
takes advantage of her naivety. She goes to study in the
Midlands and finds the generosity of new friends imparts a sense
A priest finds breaking his vow of chastity has come back to
haunt him. And just when he most needs his faith, it has slipped
away from him.
Indifférence A ruthless
businessman presses a friend from university days to assess his
mother’s mental state and help find someone to treat her.
In the process, the friend is transformed.
Conceit A university dean,
responding to a Kiwi cabinet minister, offers a professorship in
return for a report that will close down a department. Hacking
exposes the bias and makes life very uncomfortable for the new
The Wife He
Never Married A widower close
to death from grief is saved by his niece arranging for a mature
student to live with him. Her care and her story shape his
response to falling in love.
Lurus vs. Lurus
A failed rock musician turns to therapy to deal with issues
that arise from his sexual preferences. What he learns makes
him resent the pop-psychology course his boss sends him on.
Than Is Proper An encounter
at an anti-Vietnam war demonstration in Wellington leads a
student to talk with the mother a young man who has gone to the
U.S.A to join the Marines.
The Order of
Abraham A criminal
becomes a minister and influential in a cult where an attempt to
develop hyper-loyalty in potential leaders backfires.
A Life Reviewed
A woman lies paralysed at the base of cliff waiting for the
tide to drown her. She reflects on her life, which was in part
escaping the prudishness of her parents and discovering her