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Pip Adam reviews The Hope Fault for The Pantograph Punch

Pip Adam reviews The Hope Fault for The Pantograph Punch

March 21, 2017
Pip Adam’s long-form review (read it online) of The Hope Fault was published this week in online arts and culture mag The Pantograph Punch. It’s a treat to have such attention and consideration focussed on the novel. … a large part ...
David Herkt reviews The Hope Fault for Fairfax NZ

David Herkt reviews The Hope Fault for Fairfax NZ

March 18, 2017
David Herkt’s lovely review of The Hope Fault for Fairfax was published in their regional papers around New Zealand this weekend. It is a novel has a gravity and a weight. It is dense with sensation and thought. The small moments of ...
The Hope Fault — publication day

The Hope Fault — publication day

March 1, 2017
Today is, officially, publication day for my second novel, The Hope Fault. Fremantle Press have produced a beautiful looking book, and it was a particular delight to work once again with publisher Georgia Richter on ...
Books+Publishing reviews The Hope Fault

Books+Publishing reviews The Hope Fault

February 2, 2017
Lou Heinrich reviewed The Hope Fault for Books+Publishing in February, ahead of the novel’s publication on 1 March 2017.  echoes the thoughtfulness of Jessie Cole’s Deeper Water, with its literary reflection on the geography of family, and the way domestic ...
Publication day: Good Dog! anthology

Publication day: Good Dog! anthology

October 3, 2016
Today marks the publication of Good Dog! New Zealand Writers on Dogs, an anthology edited by Stephanie Johnson, and produced in glorious hardback by Vintage / Penguin Random House New Zealand. It includes writing — poetry, ...
Portland Book Review - The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

Portland Book Review – The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

August 4, 2016
Dick Weissman gave The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt 4.5 stars in his review this month for Portland Book Review. …a complex and lyrical novel about the life of an Australian musician who becomes an early exponent of the ...
New York Times reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

New York Times reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

June 26, 2016
On its US release, Alison McCulloch reviewed The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt for the New York Times Book Review, Sunday 26 June 2016 (in print 26 June, online 24 June). What’s immediately intriguing about Lena Gaunt ...
Foreword reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

Foreword reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

May 27, 2016
On its US release, Stephanie Bucklin reviewed The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt for the Summer 2016 issue of Foreword Reviews, a quarterly magazine featuring reviews of books from independent and university presses. From reflections on technology ...
Lee Randall reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

Lee Randall reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

January 11, 2016
Edinburgh-based writer and journalist Lee Randall wrote a lovely review of The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt on her Randall Writes / A History of my Life in 100 Objects blog early in the new year. Lena is the third of ...
Lonesome Reader reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

Lonesome Reader reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

January 10, 2016
Eric Anderson reviews and writes about books on his blog Lonesome Reader. His review of The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt appeared in January. I was thrilled that my novel reminded Eric of Anna Smaill’s The Chimes, a ...
The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt published in the UK

The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt published in the UK

January 9, 2016
Though it’s been creeping into shops (online and bricks-and-mortar) for the past few weeks, and already gaining some glowing early online reviews, today – 9 January 2016 – marks the official UK publication date for The Life ...
Early reviews of Lena Gaunt ahead of UK publication

Early reviews of Lena Gaunt ahead of UK publication

January 8, 2016
The official UK publication date of The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt (Aardvark Bureau) is 9 January 2016, but – thanks largely to advance copies made available by Gallic Books for Aardvark Bureau via ...
Lena Gaunt and other titles on Aardvark Bureau 2016 list

Lena Gaunt and other titles on Aardvark Bureau 2016 list

November 15, 2015
In his blog post ‘The Aardvark emerges’ , Scott Pack talks about the list of upcoming titles due from Aardvark Bureau in the first half of 2016. The Life and Loves of Lena ...
NZ Book Council adds writer profile for Tracy Farr

NZ Book Council adds writer profile for Tracy Farr

October 20, 2015
The Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (formerly New Zealand Book Council) Writers Files represent the most comprehensive collection of information about New Zealand writers on the Internet In addition to entries reprinted from the Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature, Read ...
Mildura Writers Festival and Residency

Mildura Writers Festival and Residency

June 9, 2015
Next month’s going to be all about Mildura, so I’m going to keep this post short and sweet, as a taste of what’s to come. I’ve been lucky enough to be awarded the inaugural Mildura Writers ...
Debut novel picked up by new UK imprint

Debut novel picked up by new UK imprint

May 27, 2015
The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt caught the ear and eye of UK publisher Scott Pack in November 2014, and he rated it #2 in his top ten reads of 2014, calling it: An incredible ...
New Zealand Books reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

New Zealand Books reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

March 11, 2015
Elizabeth Heritage reviewed The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt for New Zealand Books (Issue 109, Autumn 2015) as one of ‘a trio of historical novels that, with varying degrees of success, bring characters and environments from ...
‘Once had me’ wins short story award

‘Once had me’ wins short story award

December 4, 2014
Last week, I won the 2014 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award for my story ‘Once had me’. The story was published in the Sunday Star-Times over the weekend. The SS-T Short Story Award, now in ...
A six-month hunch: CreativeNZ Arts Grant funding

A six-month hunch: CreativeNZ Arts Grant funding

November 29, 2014
It’s taken me a week to post this, a week in which “t”s have been being crossed, and “i”s dotted (aka six months leave from the day job negotiated). I’ve been awarded an Arts Grant (Literature) by ...
Awarded Varuna Second Book Fellowship for 2015

Awarded Varuna Second Book Fellowship for 2015

November 11, 2014
I’ve been awarded one of four two-week Varuna Second Book Fellowships to work on my second novel, The Hope Fault. I’ve been working on the first draft of the novel this year — there are some ...