Julian Novitz

ANZL Member

Born in Christchurch in 1980, Julian Novitz is the author of three contemporary novels: Little Sister (Vintage, 2012), Holocaust Tours (Vintage, 2006) and My Life and Other Stories (Vintage, 2004). Salient called his Holocaust novel ‘darkly witty’ in the way it explores ‘questions of identity and history’. The NZ Listener described Little Sister as ‘a fine psychological thriller,’ with a ‘deliciously rich atmosphere of unease’.

In addition, Julian’s work has been published in The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand StoriesBest New Zealand FictionThe Sydney Review of BooksWet InkLandfall, JAAM, NZ Listener and Sport. He was the co-editor of Geek Mook (2012), an anthology of new Australian writing.

He has won the Hubert Church Award for Best First Book of Fiction (2005), the Katherine Mansfield Award for Short Fiction (2008), was a recipient of the Buddle Findlay Frank Sargeson Residential Writing Fellowship (2009), and was shortlisted for the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He has appeared in the Christchurch Writers’ Festival (2012, 2006 and 2004), the National Australian Young Writers’ Festival (2006 and 2007), Going West Books and the Auckland Writers Festival (2006).

Julian has a PhD in creative writing and currently works both as a lecturer in writing at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne and reviews editor for Antic: new writing.



Julian on Twitter

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura writer page

Penguin Random House author page

ANZL Conversation with Jasmin B. Frelih (June, 2016)

New Zealand Herald review of Little Sister (July, 2012)

NZ Listener review of Little Sister (May, 2012)

Bibliography: Julian Novitz



Little Sister (Vintage, 2012)

Holocaust Tours (Vintage, 2006)

My Real Life and other stories (Vintage, 2004)



Short stories:

‘A Degrading Story’ in Sport 38 (2010)

‘The Man Who Sweated Happiness’ in Landfall No.217 (2009)

‘Sobriety’ in JAAM 24 (2006)

‘Smithy’ in The Velvet Rickshaw: a Ramp Magazine Vol 1, no. 1 (April 2004)

‘The League of Youth’ in Glottis 6 (2002)

‘My Real Life’ in Sport 29 (2002)

‘The Devil and Nick Valentine’ in JAAM 16 (2001)

‘Stories from the End of My Generation’ in Sport 27 (2001)



Short Stories:

‘Tenure: An informal reflection on the hunting of the squid and its impact on Higher Education’ in Let’s Tell This Story Properly: An Anthology of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (ed. Ellah Wakatama Allfrey: Dundurn Press, 2014)

‘Three Couples’ in The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Fiction  (ed. Paula Morris: Penguin Books, 2009).

‘Creative Industries’ in The Best New Zealand Short Fiction Volume 5 (ed. Owen Marshall: Vintage/Random House, 2008)

‘The Bugger’ in The Best New Zealand Fiction Volume 4 (ed. Fiona Farrell: Random House, 2007)

‘Holocaust Tours’ The Best New Zealand fiction, Volume 1 (ed. Fiona Kidman: Random House, 2004)



Geek Mook (with Aaron Mannion: Vignette Press, 2012)

'Does historical fiction allow an escape from reality or promote a confrontation with it?' - Thom Conroy

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