Emily Perkins (novelist)
Perkins first won attention in 1996 with her first collection of stories, Not Her Real Name and Other Stories. It was shortlisted for the New Zealand Book Award, won the Best First Book (Fiction) Award and subsequently won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize.
Perkins' novels are Leave Before You Go (Picador, 1998), The New Girl (Picador, 2001), Novel About My Wife (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2008), and The Forrests (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012). Novel About My Wife won the 2009 Montana Book Awards and the Believer Book Award. The Forrests was tipped by the Hay Festival to win the 2012 Man Booker Prize, but failed to reach the long list.
A longtime resident of London, Perkins lived in Auckland where she was employed by both The University of Auckland as a creative writing tutor and AUT University as a lecturer. She now lives in Wellington, where she is teaching at the internationally renowned Victoria University International Institute of Modern Letters.
- "Emily Perkins and Kishwar Desai talk to Gaby Wood". Hay Festival. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- "Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters". Victoria University.
- Perkins, Emily (1998). Leave Before You Go. Picador. ISBN 978-0330353076.
- Perkins, Emily (2002). The New Girl. Picador. ISBN 978-0330376013.
- Perkins, Emily (2008). Novel About My Wife. Bloomsbury Publishing ISBN 1596911662.
- Perkins, Emily (2012). The Forrests. Bloomsbury Publishing ISBN 978-1608196777.
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