Thalia Henry


Beneath Pale Water




Author testimonials

Annabelle Grierson says: “Cloud Ink Press is thrilled to publish Thalia Henry’s debut novel, Beneath Pale Water, which we believe will make a unique and lasting contribution to New Zealand literary fiction. Thalia’s writing is both a poetic and suspenseful in a tale in which the South Island landscape has the presence of a living being. The novel is unpredictable as the characters journey towards the action-packed finale.”

Renowned Kiwi author Owen Marshall says Beneath Pale Water “powerfully evokes the landscapes and seasons of inland Otago.”

"Lucid and springy dialogue." David Hill, New Zealand Listener.

"The strangest thing I've read for quite some time.

The most original thing I've read for quite some time."

Louise O'Brian, Radio New Zealand nine to noon.

"There's a threatened sort of tension that builds and builds."

Ruth Todd, Plains FM.


"A story which invokes feelings of suspense and anticipation by focusing on the mental and emotional instability of its characters." (...) "A gripping read." Shelley Chappell, Takahē Magazine.

“Beneath Pale Water contains three memorable characters set into ever-tighter orbits in an intricately patterned plot.” Craig Cliff, Landfall.

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Thalia Henry is the author of the novel Beneath Pale Water, her Masters of Creative Writing thesis and a work that comes out of a play Powdered Milk which she wrote in 2008 and presented at the Dunedin Write Out Loud Festival. Inspired by the landscapes of the rugged South Island high country, where she spent time as a teenager learning to glide with her late father, Terry, Beneath Pale Water is her debut novel. Beneath Pale Water was awarded a gold award in the 2018 IPPY competition - Australia/New Zealand Best Regional Fiction category. Thalia's short story Broken Radio features in the Cloud Ink Press Anthology, Fresh Ink A Collection of Voices from Aotearoa 2017.


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Beneath Pale Water is published by Cloud Ink Press



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