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Catherine Chidgey

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Catherine Chidgey

Catherine Chidgey’s novels have been published to international acclaim. Her first, In a Fishbone Church, won Best First Book at the NZ Book Awards and at the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (South East Asia and South Pacific). In the UK it won the Betty Trask Award and was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her second, Golden Deeds, was a Notable Book of the Year in the New York Times and a Best Book in the LA Times. Catherine has won the Prize in Modern Letters, the Katherine Mansfield Award, the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship and the Janet Frame Fiction Prize. She lives in Ngāruawāhia, NZ, and lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Waikato. Her novel Remote Sympathy was shortlisted for the DUBLIN Literary Award and longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her novels The Wish Child and The Axeman’s Carnival both won the Acorn Prize for Fiction, NZ's most prestigious literary award.

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Latest reviews

  • “Chidgey elegantly weaves together social commentary, magic realism, folklore and myth, and her treatment of serious themes is deft.”
    — Irish Times, Apr 26 2024
  • “Amazon reviews claim that the final chapters had them shook, so buckle up!”
    — Cosmopolitan, Apr 24 2024
  • "A powerful portrayal of humanity and the natural world seen through the eyes of a fledgling chick.

    — Financial Times, Apr 5 2024
  • “Two uncanny creatures, not quite wild and not quite tame, circling one another in an increasingly claustrophobic house. Both waiting for the axe to drop.”

    — The Conversation US, Mar 25 2024
  • “It is a fascinating lead-in to a fascinating tale.”
    — The Charlotte News, Feb 8 2024
  • “This brilliant psychological thriller ratchets up the tension to an elegantly chilling denouement.”

    — The Daily Mail, Jan 25 2024
  • “Compelling, remarkable and beautifully written, it had me wondering about my own recollections from my '80s schooldays.”

    — Radio New Zealand, Dec 29 2023
  • "Very nearly the novel of the year...the crazy energy of a writer on fire flickered on every page."

    — New Zealand Newsroom, Dec 14 2023
  • “This sharp-edged, deliciously dark novel explores just what a group of besotted 12-year-olds might do for a teacher they love.”
    — Slate, Dec 5 2023
  • “In this suspenseful bildungsroman, Justine, a Catholic schoolgirl living in New Zealand...revisits the mysteries of her youth.”
    — The New Yorker, Oct 23 2023
  • “Full of delicious mystery and thrill, Pet showcases manipulation and the unthinkable things people will do when their life and reputation are on the line.”
    — Chicago Review of Books, Aug 23 2023
  • “A lingering, haunting book...a landmark in the small but potent canon of contemporary novels about unusual girls reckoning with themselves and the world around them.”
    — The New York Times, Aug 7 2023
  • “As satisfying a narrative as Pet is, lingering uncertainty is the source of its real power, enabling it to maintain its hold over the imagination long after the final page has been turned.”
    — The Guardian, Jul 10 2023
  • “Layered and suspenseful...Chidgey satisfies and horrifies in equal measure.”
    — Publishers Weekly, Jun 28 2023
  • “Damn this book is good. Pet is at once a brilliant coming-of-age thriller and a sharp dissection of racism and misogyny in 1980s [New Zealand].”
    — CrimeReads, Jun 16 2023
  • Pet is a page-turning psychological thriller: tense, uncomfortable and completely gripping.”
    — New Zealand Herald, Jun 16 2023
  • "Outside of New Zealand, Chidgey is not as well known as she should be. One hopes that this chilling tale of childhood vulnerability and violence might change that."
    — Financial Times, Jun 16 2023
  • "At its heart, Pet is a story about the temptations of charismatic and attractive characters who can take advantage of weakness and vulnerability."

    — New Zealand Newsroom, Jun 8 2023
  • “This dark novel probes the power of deception, betrayal, religion, and childhood in every twist of its mesmerizing plot. Lovers of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Donna Tartt's The Secret History will want to read this compelling novel by an award-winning New Zealand author.”
    — Booklist (Starred review), Jun 1 2023
  • “Powerful.”
    — The New York Times Book Review, Jul 15 2021

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