Charlotte Randall

ANZL Member

Charlotte Randall is a fiction writer and author of seven critically acclaimed novels. Reviewer Paula Green describes her as a writer ‘whose novels reflect someone utterly in love with the potential of language. She is a novelist who takes risks, who lets her imagination audaciously soar and, like Lloyd Jones and Elizabeth Knox, surprises you with each new book’. Amongst her accolades, Charlotte has been the recipient of the Ursula Bethel Creative New Zealand Residency at Canterbury University (2005), and Creative Writing Residency at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University (2001).

Charlotte’s first novel Dead Sea Fruit (Secker & Warburg, 1995) was winner of both the Reed Fiction Award and Best First Book in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, South-East Asia/South Pacific Region (1996). The Curative (Penguin, 2000) was Runner-up for the Deutz Medal for Fiction and Montana New Zealand Book Awards (2001). Charlotte has twice been Finalist in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, in 2009 for The Crocus Hour (Penguin, 2008), and in 2005 for What Happen Then, Mr Bones? (Penguin, 2004). In addition, The Bright Side of My Condition (Penguin, 2014) was a Finalist for the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards. Charlotte was one of only four authors shortlisted for the 2002 Glenn Schaeffer Award. The Curative has been presented several times on NZ radio, and had a successful season as a play at Christchurch’s Court Theatre 2 in 2003.  The Bright Side of My Condition was serialised on National Radio in 2014 and is now in development as a script in Auckland.

Charlotte grew up in Dunedin before studying psychology at the University of Canterbury. She has participated on numerous occasions in national festivals including Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Nelson, and internationally in Brisbane.



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Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

Penguin House author page


Booksellers NZ review of The Bright Side of My Condition (Aug, 2014)

Radio New Zealand review of The Bright Side of My Condition (Feb, 2014)

NZ Listener review of The Bright Side of My Condition (Jan, 2014)

Bibliography: Charlotte Randall



The Bright Side of My Condition (Penguin, 2014)

Hokitika Town (Penguin, 2011)

The Crocus Hour (Penguin, 2008)

What Happen Then, Mr Bones?  (Penguin, 2004)

Within the Kiss (Penguin, 2002)

The Curative  (Penguin, 2000)

Dead Sea Fruit (Secker & Warburg, 1995)


'My readers turn up...and I meet them as human beings, not sales statistics on a royalty statement.' Fleur Adcock

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