Bridget van der Zijpp

ANZL Member

Photo credit: Jessie Casson


New Zealand born Bridget van der Zijpp is a fiction writer and author of three contemporary novels. After completing an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, Bridget published her first novel, Misconduct (Victoria UP, 2008), a story about a rejected woman who finds solace in acts of criminality. Elizabeth McCaffin described the novel in New Zealand Books as having ‘an alert and amused attention to human foible and idiosyncrasy’Misconduct was shortlisted for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Best First Book Prize, South East Asia and the Pacific Region. In addition, Misconduct was shortlisted for the 2009 Montana New Zealand Book Awards Best First Book of Fiction, and was also included in the NZ Listener Best Books of 2008.

An Arts Grant from Creative New Zealand allowed Bridget to complete her second novel, In the Neighbourhood of Fame (Victoria UP, 2015). This explores social media and its effect on notions of fame. It was described by the Sunday Star Times as ‘an adult, thought-provoking and gripping story on a real social issue’. The NZ Listener noted its ‘considerable merits’ as a ‘subtle, humane and neatly plotted bundle of lives colliding in private and public’.

Bridget has worked as publicist and marketer of music festivals and touring artists. She has been a participant in the Auckland Writers Festival in 2009 and 2015, and the Ruapehu Festival in 2016.

In 2016, she travelled to Berlin on a Goethe Institut scholarship to study German language and culture, and is currently working on her third novel, which includes a contemporary Berlin theme.

Set in 2019 as it turns into 2020, Bridget’s latest work I Laugh Me Broken (Victoria UP, 2021) is a novel about an inescapable past and the complex play between genetic inheritance and the choices that are ours to make. It is, finally, a hard-won love story.



Victoria University Press author page


takehē review of In the Neighbourhood of Fame (April, 2016)

Metro Magazine review of In the Neighbourhood of Fame (May, 2015)

Sunday Star Times review of In the Neighbourhood of Fame (May, 2015)

Interview in Canvas Magazine, New Zealand Herald (April, 2015)

NZ Listener review of In the Neighbourhood of Fame  (April, 2015)

Otago Daily Times review of In the Neighbourhood of Fame (April, 2015)

Radio NZ National review of In the Neighbourhood of Fame (April, 2015)

Booksellers review of In the Neighbourhood of Fame (April, 2015)

Author discusses Standing Room Only, on Radio New Zealand National (April, 2015)

New releases by Bridget van der Zijpp

I Laugh Me Broken (novel)

Published by Victoria University Press on September 9, 2021

Bibliography: Bridget van der Zijpp



I Laugh me Broken (Victoria UP, 2021)

In the Neighbourhood of Fame  (Victoria UP, 2015)

Misconduct  (Victoria UP, 2008)

'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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