He's kept us waiting a very long time for his second novel, but Apirana Taylor says he wanted to take his time on his love story of two people living on the fringe of society. While Mack and Puti are people most of us would rather not think about - their love for each other teeters on hate and violence at times. But despite ourselves, we end up caring about them.
Apirana is best known as a poet, short story writer, storyteller, painter and actor. He tells Lynn Freeman that the title of the new novel, Five Strings, refers to a guitar the odd couple own in their rundown room. Five Strings is published by Anahera.