Book Author & Illustrator Sue Wootton
Rights Available World excl. NZ and Bulgaria

A comic strip is not so funny when you’re drawing to forget.

Their dreams of parenthood dashed, Harvey and Isobel go for dream jobs instead. Harvey hangs up his stethoscope to become a cartoonist and Isobel takes a promotion at the local museum. Then an abandoned baby comes up for adoption, and Harvey and Isobel discover a family is more work than they bargained for. By Fleur’s eighth birthday it’s all come together nicely – then a voice from the past threatens to nuke their hard-won happiness. Harvey doesn’t stop to think. He acts, and with tragic consequences.

Strip is an intriguing drama that explores how far good people will go to protect the people they love, and asks: Is it possible to love too much?

Longlisted for the Acorn Fiction Prize 2017

About the Author
Sue Wootton is an award-winning poet and fiction writer with a background as a physiotherapist and acupuncturist. Her prizes include winning the Aoraki Literary Awards for both poetry and fiction, and second place in the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. She works as a publisher for Otago University Press.


Mākaro Press


B format



Contemporary Fiction

Publication Date
October 2016

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ and Bulgaria

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Rights Agents:


Nadine Rubin Nathan of High Spot Literary

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With a poet’s eye for detail and an ear fine-tuned for language, Sue Wootton reveals the light within the deep core of familial love. Finely constructed, moving and gently optimistic, Strip is a thought-provoking meditation on the unexpected twists of promises kept, the weight of unintended consequences, and the courage and ultimate strength that comes from simply forging on.

Laurence Fearnley

The paradox that the experience of pain within a family is at once inviolably shared and violently self-centred makes Strip all the more absorbing.

Sarah Ross