Emily Perkins (novelist)

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Emily Perkins
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Perkins in October 2012
Born Emily Justine Perkins
1970 (age 46–47)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Occupation Writer

Emily Justine Perkins MNZM (born 1970 in Christchurch) is a New Zealand author.

Writing career[edit]

Perkins first won attention in 1996 with her first collection of stories, Not Her Real Name and Other Stories.

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).

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 a Senior Lecturer at the Victoria University of Wellington International Institute of Modern Letters.[1]


Not Her Real Name and Other Stories was shortlisted for the New Zealand Book Award and won the Best First Book (Fiction) Award. Subsequently, it also won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize.[2]

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,[3] but failed to reach the long list.

Perkins was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to literature.[4]



  1. ^ "International Institute of Modern Letters: Emily Perkins". Victoria University. 
  2. ^ Katy Guest (May 16, 2008). "Emily Perkins: The benefit of distance". The Independent. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Emily Perkins and Kishwar Desai talk to Gaby Wood". Hay Festival. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2017". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 

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