Emily Perkins (novelist)

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Emily Perkins
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Emily Perkins in October 2012
Born Christchurch
Occupation Writer
Nationality New Zealander

Emily Perkins (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.



  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. 

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