Family Ties: Carl Nixon & Chloe Lane by WORD Christchurch published on 2020-11-30T22:02:39Z 30 October 2020 | WORD Christchurch Spring Festival You can’t choose your family, or can you? Two new novels from Christchurch writers explore the bonds of family. In Carl Nixon‘s gripping thriller The Tally Stick, three children are left stranded in the bush after their parents die in a car accident. In Chloe Lane‘s debut novel, The Swimmers, a daughter is faced with an unimaginable task when her mother, suffering from motor neurone disease decides to take her fate into her own hands. As well as exploring complex themes, the two authors talk with Kirsten McDougall about the craft of writing, and the infinite choices a writer has to make to tell their story well.