Emily Perkins

ANZL Member

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Emily Perkins is an internationally published fiction writer. Her first book, Not Her Real Name and Other Stories (VUP and Picador, 1996), won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize (UK) and the Montana Award for Best First Book of Fiction (NZ). Her four novels include Novel About My Wife, which won the Montana Book Award (NZ) and the Believer Book of the Year (US). Her most recent novel is The Forrests (Bloomsbury, 2012), selected as a Book of the Year in the Daily Telegraph, Observer, and New Statesman among other venues, longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 and shortlisted for Best Book of Fiction in the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards.

Emily has written a weekly column for the UK’s Independent on Sunday and a fiction serial for the London Evening Standard. In New Zealand she has hosted the television books programme The Good Word (2006-2011) and since 2013 has been convener of the MA in Fiction at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters.

Emily’s adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House was staged in 2015 and she is the co-writer of feature film The Rehearsal, based on the novel by Eleanor Catton. She has held the Buddle Findlay Frank Sargeson Fellowship, is an Arts Foundation Laureate, and member of The Folio Academy of international writers and critics. She is frequently invited to present her work at literary events in New Zealand and abroad and was a member of New Zealand’s 2012 Guest of Honour programme at the Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2017 Emily was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for services to literature.



Emily Perkins’ website

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

NZ Arts Foundation writer page

Bibliography: Emily Perkins



The Forrests (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012)

Novel About My Wife (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2008)

The New Girl (Picador, 2002)

Leave Before You Go (Picador, 1998)

Not Her Real Name and Other Stories (Short stories: Anchor, 1997)



The Picnic Virgin (Victoria University Press, 1999)

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