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Lena on the wireless – The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt broadcast on RNZ

Lena on the wireless – The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt broadcast on RNZ

October 29, 2014
Radio New Zealand’s drama department has, over the last six months, adapted and produced The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt for radio broadcast, and Lena’s now got a start date: she hits the airwaves ...
Newtown Review of Books reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

Newtown Review of Books reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

October 21, 2014
Jeanette Delamoir has written a terrific long review of The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt for The Newtown Review of Books (21 October 2014). Like its narrator, is unconventional, sometimes irritating, but always ...
The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt shortlisted for 2014 Barbara Jefferis Award

The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt shortlisted for 2014 Barbara Jefferis Award

October 11, 2014
Like Jane Rawson, for me there are some days and weeks when this authoring business feels like an awful lot of hard work, and I cry into my porridge in despair that anyone will ever read – let alone see merit ...
The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt shortlisted for 2014 WA Premier’s Book Awards

The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt shortlisted for 2014 WA Premier’s Book Awards

August 2, 2014
I’m just delighted that The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt is shortlisted in the Fiction category of the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. Here’s the shortlist for the Fiction category: All the Birds, Singing – Evie Wyld (Random House Australia) Coal Creek – ...
The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt longlisted for 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award

The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt longlisted for 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award

April 8, 2014
Last Thursday, the longlist for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award was announced. Heading the list — only because it was announced alphabetically by author — was my novel, The Life and Loves of Lena ...
'Miles Franklin award: seven women among 11 long listed' interview, Guardian

‘Miles Franklin award: seven women among 11 long listed’ interview, Guardian

April 3, 2014
Helen Davidson interviewed Tracy Farr for The Guardian following the longlisting of The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Tracy Farr’s debut novel The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt also makes the list. Known for her short ...
New Zealand Writers Week round-up

New Zealand Writers Week round-up

March 23, 2014
Two writers festivals in two countries within three weeks, and I was a guest at both: heaven. Perth Writers Festival ran from 20 to 23 February — I’ve written about it here. After Perth, I ...
A room of my own (for three weeks) – inaugural RAK Mason Writers Fellowship

A room of my own (for three weeks) – inaugural RAK Mason Writers Fellowship

January 2, 2014
A week or so before Christmas, I was delighted to find out that I’ve been awarded the inaugural R.A.K. Mason Writer’s Fellowship. This’ll give me a room to live and write in for three weeks ...
Otago Daily Times reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

Otago Daily Times reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

November 23, 2013
The review by Ian Williams in the Otago Daily Times (Saturday 23 November 2013) of The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt grabbed me — and not in a good way — with its opening sentence: I meant to send this first novel ...
ANZ LitLovers reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

ANZ LitLovers reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

October 8, 2013
Lisa Hill has posted a lovely review of The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt this week on the ANZ LitLovers blog. Here are a few lines from the review. This is an absorbing book that held my interest throughout.  ...
NZ Listener reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

NZ Listener reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

October 6, 2013
Hazel Phillips reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt in the Listener (Vol 240, No. 3831, October 12-18, 2013); that’s the issue with the starry starry photo of local literary luminary Eleanor Catton on the cover. I’m particularly ...
A might, mighty night – New Zealand launch of The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

A might, mighty night – New Zealand launch of The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

September 21, 2013
On Saturday 21 September, at Mighty Mighty bar in Wellington, Dame Fiona Kidman declared “The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, and your mysterious gorgeous character, well and truly launched”. Here’s a taste of how the ...
The West Australian reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

The West Australian reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

August 27, 2013
A neat little review of The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt was published under Writing WA Recommends… on the Books page (editor William Yeoman) of the Today magazine in The West Australian on Tuesday 27 August 2013: Tracy Farr’s beautifully written and well-crafted novel ...
Adelaide Advertiser reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

Adelaide Advertiser reviews The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

August 24, 2013
Patrick Allington reviewed The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt in SA Weekend magazine, Adelaide Advertiser, Saturday 24 August 2013: Farr’s prose soars…this sparkling debut novel captures the spirit of an accomplished woman as she reflects on the arc of her ...
Books+Publishing Reviews features The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

Books+Publishing Reviews features The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt

June 10, 2013
The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt was reviewed in Books+Publishing Reviews (feature review, 30 May 2013 newsletter). Grateful thanks to Books+Publishing for permission to quote the full text of this subscriber-only review here. The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt (Tracy Farr, Fremantle ...