Fiona Farrell is one of New Zealand's leading writers, publishing work in a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry and plays, her work being notable, as Beryl Fletcher commented in the Waikato Times, for having '... the rare ability of turning the mundane events of domestic life into profound human experiences. Her writing is poetic, moving and literary.' Born in Oamaru and educated in Otago and Toronto, she has published books of poetry, collections of short stories and many novels. Her debut novel The Skinny Louie Book won the New Zealand Book Award for Fiction in 1992, and three others plus her poetry collection The Popup Book of Invasions (which Iain Sharpe in the Sunday Star Times described as 'a superlative collection ... bursting with ideas presented with warmth, wit and humanity') were shortlisted for the Montana Book Awards, and The Broken Book shortlisted for the NZ Post Awards. Her novels have also been nominated for the International Dublin IMPAC Award, and she has won many other prizes, including the Bruce Mason Award for Playwrights and the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship in Menton. Her poems feature in major anthologies, including The Oxford Book of New Zealand Poetry and Bloodaxe's bestselling Being Alive. Her play Chook Chook is one of Playmarket New Zealand's most frequently requested scripts. Her work, which The New Zealand Herald has praised for its 'richness - of both theme and languages', has been published around the world, including in the US, Canada and the UK. In his New Zealand Herald review of Limestone, David Hill said that Farrell 'writes richly, sensuously. She adds things in, rather than leaving things out ... the plot is springy and inventive, characters are engaging (or engagingly repellent), language is witty, chatty, and flecked with that characteristic Fiona Farrell subversive mischief.' The Sunday Star Times wrote of Book Book: 'There's something quotable on every page ... a deeply pleasurable, one-of-its-kind masterpiece.' In 2007 Fiona Farrell received the New Zealand Prime Minister's Award for Fiction, and in the 2012 Queen's Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours List was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature.Fiona has been a guest at many New Zealand arts festivals, and has appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Vancouver International Writers' Festival.
Six Clever Girls Who Became Famo...by Fiona Farrell
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