Owen Marshall

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Marshall in 2012

Owen Marshall Jones CNZM (born 17 August 1941, Te Kuiti, New Zealand),[1] who writes under the pen name Owen Marshall, is a New Zealand short story writer and novelist. The third son of a Methodist minister younger brother of Allan Jones, and older brother of Rhys Jones, he came of age in Blenheim and Timaru, and graduated from the University of Canterbury with an MA in English in 1964. Marshall taught in a rural boys' high school for 25 years before becoming a full-time author.

Marshall has been ranked among the very finest, if not the finest, New Zealand’s short story writers, as reported in the New Zealand Book Council short biography of the author.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 1985 and 1988, Marshall received the Lilian Ida Smith Award (Fiction).[3] In the 2000 New Year Honours, he was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to literature,[4] and in the 2012 Queen's Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours, he was promoted to Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, also for services to literature.[5] In 2013, he was the winner of the fiction section of the Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement[6]


  • Supper Waltz Wilson, and Other New Zealand Stories. Christchurch : Pegasus, 1979.
  • The Master of Big Jingles & Other Stories. Dunedin : McIndoe, 1982.
  • The Day Hemingway Died, and Other Stories. Dunedin : McIndoe, 1984.
  • The Lynx Hunter, and Other Stories. Dunedin : McIndoe, 1987.
  • An indirect geography [radio narrative] by Owen Marshall. 1990.
  • The Divided World : Selected Stories. Dunedin : John McIndoe, 1989.
  • Tomorrow We Save the Orphans : Fiction. Dunedin : John McIndoe, 1992.
  • The Ace of Diamonds Gang and Other Stories: McIndoe Press, 1993.
  • Timeless Land. Painter, Grahame Sydney; poet, Brian Turner; writer, Owen Marshall; with an introduction by Sam Neill. Dunedin : Longacre Press, 1995.
  • The Best of Owen Marshall's Short Stories. Auckland : Random House, 1997.
  • Harlequin Rex. Auckland: Vintage, 1999. (Novel)
  • When Gravity Snaps. Auckland: Vintage, 2002. (Short stories)
  • The Larnachs. Auckland: Vintage, 2011. (Novel, based on events in the life of William Larnach)
  • Living as a Moon. Auckland: Vintage, 2011. (Short stories)
  • Love as a Stranger. Auckland: Vintage, 2016. (Novel)
  • Pearly Gates. Auckland: Vintage, 2019. (Novel)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lambert, Max (1991) [1908]. Who’s Who in New Zealand (12 ed.). Wellington: Reed. p. 330. ISBN 0790001306.
  2. ^ "Marshall, Owen". New Zealand Book Council. January 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Lilian Ida Smith Award Recipients" (PDF). Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  4. ^ "New Year honours list 2000". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 1999. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Queen's Birthday and Diamond Jubilee honours list 2012". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Previous winners". Creative New Zealand. Retrieved 24 October 2013.

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