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A Change of Key

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A Change of Key
Escalator Press, 2018

Marko has come to the ends of the earth to escape a once illustrious past in Bulgaria. So why does a Polish bookstore owner call him a traitor? And who covertly photographed him for the newspaper?

Someone knows who he is. They are trying to expose him in his new country, and there is nothing he can do to prevent it.


A Change of Key tells the story of a multicultural group of migrants living in an inner-city block of social housing flats in New Zealand. It explores themes of social change and the hardships associated with existing in isolation from one’s family and culture. As they struggle through the realities of living in deprivation, Marko and the other migrants find salvation in friendship, community and classical music.

This novel does that wonderful thing – it makes me care. I cared about what happened to these people. I loved their inventive and imaginative actions, and the music that binds them together … There’s a rich and embracing tenderness for the characters and their story.’ – Renée

‘Jansen’s characters are haunted by the ghosts of their past, throwing shadows on the tenuous footholds of their new lives.’ – Tracey Barnett | author of The Quiet War on Asylum

Download the first chapter here.


Paperback available from October 2018 from Escalator Press and good bookstores.
Ebook available from October 2018 from Amazon and via Kobo.

Notes for book groups available from Escalator Press from October.


Escalator Press

Escalator Press is an imprint set up by the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme, to publish work by new and established writers associated with the programme. The Writing Programme, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018, is a major contributor to New Zealand writing, with more than 230 publications from graduates as diverse as Alison Wong, Tusiata Avia and Mandy Hager. With production and marketing by the Whitireia Publishing Programme,  Escalator Press is built on traditional publishing values, whether in print or digital media, while developing its own distinctive model.
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