Duncan Sarkies

ANZL Member

Duncan Sarkies is an award-winning novelist, playwright and screenwriter. His work, heralded by critics for its originality, is best known for its eccentric plots and darkly comic portrayals of ‘the outsider’ and the disturbed.

Duncan’s career has been varied, and includes writing the episode, New Fans, for Flight of the Conchords, several plays, a short story collection and two novels. Linda Herrick of the Weekend Herald describes Sarkies’ 2008 novel, Two Little Boys, as: ‘Quick, clever, twisted, acutely funny…This is the most amazing book. It’s dark, wildly funny, vivid, and brilliantly original.’ Two Little Boys, adapted in 2012 for the screen (starring Hamish Blake and Bret McKenzie) was co-written by Duncan and his brother Robert, as was the massively popular Scarfies.

Duncan was awarded the Sunday Star Times Bruce Mason Playwriting Award (1994), and the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Best New Zealand for Saving Grace (1995). In 1998, he won the Louis Johnson New Writers’ Bursary, and in 2000 his short story collection, Stray Thoughts and Nosebleeds, won the Best First Book of Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. He was awarded the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship in 2015.

His most recent novel, Demolition of the Century, was published in 2013. Duncan currently lives in Wellington.



Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page


Victoria University Press writer page

Penguin Books writer page

NZ Onscreen writer page

Playmarket playwright page

Radio NZ on Duncan’s new graphic novel and radio show Uncle Bertie’s Botanarium with Jemaine Clement (2016)

Stuff.co.nz interview and article (March, 2015)

NZ Listener review of The Demolition of the Century (Aug, 2013)

NZ Listener interview regarding Two Little Boys (Sept, 2012)

Bibliography: Duncan Sarkies



Demolition of the Century  (Penguin, 2013)

Two Little Boys  (Penguin, 2008)

Stray Thoughts and Nosebleeds  (Short stories: Victoria UP, 1999)

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