Catherine Robertson

ANZL Member

Photo credit: Matt Bialostocki

Catherine Robertson is a fiction writer whose romantic comedy novels have all been number one New Zealand bestsellers. Her novel The Hiding Places (Penguin Random House, 2015) won the Nelson Libraries Award for NZ Fiction, and was described in The New Zealand Listener as ‘exceptionally well written and very charming.’ The Otago Daily Times has described Catherine’s writing as ‘quirky, funny and unafraid’. Reviewing The Sweet Second Life of Darrell Kincaid (Penguin Random House, 2011), Kerre Woodham wrote: ‘…a warm, laugh-out-loud, funny romantic comedy. . . Robertson is a refreshing new writer…and deserves to be an international success.’

Catherine’s work has also been published in Germany, Italy, and France. She has had shorter fiction works published in HOME (Random House, 2005), in Turbine (IIML, 2015) and a non-fiction essay in SPORT 44 (VUP). She contributes to the New Zealand Book Council’s Booknotes Unbound and New Zealand Books. Catherine has worked as a magazine feature writer, advertising copywriter and business consultancy owner and is currently a freelance contributor and book reviewer for The Spinoff, Newsroom, and Landfall. She was a longstanding reviewer for New Zealand Books and the NZ Listener.

A regular guest on Radio NZ’s The Panel and Jesse Mulligan’s Book Critic slot, Catherine also teaches creative writing in prisons with the Write Where You Are team. She has participated in national festivals such as the Auckland Writers Festival, Writers on Mondays, and Wellington Writers Week, both as speaker and/or chair, and was also a feature author at the Frankfurt Book Fair. She chaired the Wellington branch of the NZSA for four years, was the NZSA rep on the Book Awards Trust for two years, and is currently on the board of Verb Wellington. In 2015, she completed the MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University, and was recently named the 2020 International Institute of Modern Letters Writer in Residence.

In 2016 Catherine was the recipient of a Creative New Zealand grant which she used to work on a memoir/biography of her late mother’s teenage years in a cult-like organisation called Moral Rearmament (MRA) and the subsequent resounding effects on both their lives.



Catherine Robertson’s website

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

Penguin Random House writer page

Radio NZ review of What You Wish For (Feb, 2019)

New releases by Catherine Robertson

Nine Lives (essays)

Published by Upstart Press on November 11, 2021

Spellbound (fiction)

Published by RHNZ Black Swan on March 30, 2021

Bibliography: Catherine Robertson




Spellbound (RHNZ Black Swan, 2021)

What You Wish For (Penguin Random House, 2019)

Gabriel’s Bay (Penguin Random House, 2018)

The Hiding Places (Penguin Random House, 2015)

The Misplaced Affections of Charlotte Forbes (Random House, 2013)

The Not So Perfect Life of Mo Lawrence (Random House, 2012; Heyne, Germany, 2012)

The Sweet Second Life of Darrell Kincaid (Random House, 2011; Heyne, Germany, 2012; Corbaccio, Italy, 2012)



Mother M’ in Sport 44 (2016)

‘Married’ in Turbine (2015)



‘Down’  in HOME: New Short Stories by New Zealand Writers (ed. Graeme Lay: Random House, 2005)

'There’s a kind of heaven that comes from hearing another writer interpret the mysteries of process' - Tracey Slaughter

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