Today we are thrilled to welcome Meredith Shayne, author of Cutting Out.
Aussies vs Kiwis
In my novel Cutting Out, Shane Cooper is an Australian living in New Zealand. In the book, Shane pretty much gets reminded that he’s Australian almost every time he leaves the house. Australians living in New Zealand are a bit of an oddity (because mostly New Zealanders go to Australia to live, not the other way around) and if you are one—as Shane is, and as I am—it’s a reality of life that you get reminded of that fact. You get reminded of it a lot.
Australians and New Zealanders have always had a bit of a sibling rivalry thing going on. We’ve fought in wars together, and even have a special acronym for our two armies—they are the ANZACs, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps—and there’s even a phrase called the “ANZAC spirit”, which encompasses the courage, irreverence and ingenuity of the soldiers from both countries, demonstrating how similar we really are.
Similar or not, our favourite pastime is teasing the absolute stuffing out of each other.
There are a lot of arguments about ownership of things, with the origins of pavlova and the racehorse Phar Lap hotly contested. Australians have a reputation for stealing various famous Kiwis to claim as our own when they’re doing good things, people like Russell Crowe (although when he’s misbehaving neither of us wants him) and the band Crowded House. Although, the Crowded House thing is a controversial one, since the band’s singer, Neil Finn, himself a Kiwi, publicly announced that he considered Crowded House an Australian band, and stated that their song Four Seasons in One Day was about Melbourne, not Auckland as everyone in New Zealand assumed. His statement was played over and over in the news that day, and there was much rending of clothes and gnashing of Kiwi teeth. I have to tell you, that was one of the best days I’ve ever had in New Zealand, as I laughed and laughed and bathed in the flood of their bitter tears. 😉
We gloat over happenings on the sporting field whenever we can as well, rubbing victories in each other’s faces for as long as possible afterwards. While the All Blacks are generally unbeatable (I’ll have my Australian citizenship revoked for saying that, but it’s true), their cricket team, the Black Caps, are mostly terrible, especially against Australia. Our women’s netball teams are almost neck and neck, which makes for exciting games and an almost-equal chance for gloating opportunities.
I’ll leave you with a couple of videos, because nowhere is the Australian/New Zealand rivalry better displayed than in episode clips from the Flight of the Conchords TV show. And before you ask, no I do not own an Australian flag bedspread. I own an Australian flag oven glove, and an Australian flag singlet top.
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoF_fa9TMDk
And a final video, just to show you how Aussies don’t hesitate to get their own back:
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RenRILqwhJs
Bottom Drawer Publications is proud to present Cutting Out by Meredith Shayne, a contemporary mm romance based in New Zealand.
A twenty-year veteran of the shearing shed, Aussie Shane Cooper loves his job, and the home he’s made for himself in New Zealand. If he’s a little lonely, he’s got good mates to keep his spirits up. When a hot, cocky young shearer named Lachlan Moore catches his eye at a competition, he’s content to look but not touch, knowing the young man is out of his league.
Lachie wouldn’t mind a piece of Shane, but the gorgeous gun shearer from Australia is soon forgotten when the Christchurch earthquake hits, and tragedy strikes Lachie’s family. Lachie deals with it the best he can, cutting himself off from all he knows. A year later and he’s back in the shearing shed, out of practice and lacking confidence. That Shane’s there to watch him flounder doesn’t help his nerves.
As Lachlan struggles to re-acclimatise, Shane can’t resist giving him a hand to get back on his feet. As they move from friends to something more, Shane finds himself wanting to know everything he can about Lachie. But Lachie’s got secrets he desperately wants to keep, and when things come to a head, those secrets might just mean the end of them before they’ve truly begun.
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About the Author
A scientist in a past life, these days Meredith Shayne mainly uses her scientific training to poke holes in television pseudoscience. Originally from Australia, she moved to New Zealand to start a new life a few years ago and hasn’t regretted it for one minute, even if she frequently wishes that the New Zealand weather was a little better; if she’s forced, she’ll admit that the refreshing lack of animals that can kill you in New Zealand makes up for a little rain.
Meredith travels a lot, so much so that she has developed a shameful love of airplane food and knows her passport number by heart. When she is at home, she enjoys baking, horrible music from the 1980s, reality television, and gloating any time Australia thrashes the living daylights out of New Zealand on the sporting field.
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