Brannavan Gnanalingam

ANZL Member

Brannavan Gnanalingam is a novelist, freelance writer and lawyer based in Wellington. He has published six novels, including A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse which was long-listed for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards  and Sodden Downstream, which was shortlisted for the 2018 Ockham New Zealand book award for fiction.

For ten years Gnanalingam contributed to the online publication The Lumière Reader during which time he covered film festivals such as Venice, Berlin, Rotterdam, and Cannes. He has also written for The Spinoff, The New Zealand Listener, and The Dominion Post.

His sixth novel Sprigs (Lawrence and Gibson, 2020) explores toxic masculinity in a New Zealand private boys’ school.



Spinoff review of Sprigs (July, 2020) article on Brannavan and Sprigs (July, 2020)

Radio NZ interview discussing Sodden Downstream (Oct, 2017)

Radio NZ interview discussing A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse (June, 2016)


New releases by Brannavan Gnanalingam

Sprigs (novel)

Published by Lawrence & Gibson on July 23, 2020

Bibliography: Brannavan Gnanalingam



Sprigs (Lawrence & Gibson, 2020)

Sodden Downstream (Lawrence & Gibson, 2017)

A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse (Lawrence & Gibson, 2016)

Credit in the Straight World (Lawrence & Gibson, 2015)

You Should Have Come Here When You Were Not Here (Lawrence & Gibson, 2013)

Getting Under Sail (Lawrence & Gibson, 2011)

'Novels stand outside time, with their narrative structure of beginning, middle and end. They outlast politics, which are by nature ephemeral, swift and changeable and can quickly become invisible, detectable only to the skilled eye. ' - Fiona Farrell

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