“Young men admired me. My parents adored me. I had a horse fathered by a stallion from the desert.”
Author Archive: Amy Brown
Born in Rochester, New York and raised on a farm near Lake Ontario, Ashbery’s first ambition was to be a painter. Sadly, instead of painting, Ashbery became a poet and has since won nearly every major American award for his poetry, beginning with the Yale Younger Poets Prize in 1956, selected by W. H. Auden, […]
I admit that I had my suspicions about such a blatant gimmick. I admit to being a bit of a book snob, and would have preferred to see New Zealand writers, instead of New Zealand celebrities, on the panel of judges that chose the six stories, which this book contains.
It’s possible that people who have tried to watch The Office and Extras, but find them too excruciatingly uncomfortable for words, will not enjoy this book.
Poet and fiction writer, Cochrane was born in Wellington, into a large Catholic family and educated at St Patrick’s College.
I know what you’re wondering: is this book really worth the cool million-dollar price tag it’s been given? Does it live up to all that hype? Do your fingers get smudged with gold as you turn its pages? Yes and no. No, it’s not printed with gold leaf, and no, it’s not the most amazing […]
Last week I tried to give a brief synopsis of this book to a friend and found it quite tricky.
Born in Auckland and raised in Wellington, where she gained a BA in Theatre and Film from Victoria, Randerson won the Adam Prize, for best creative writing portfolio, in 1996 and is now being described as “a true pioneer for the post-something generation.”
Is it a novel? Is it an autobiography? No, it‘s an ‘anti-memoir’! Instead of trawling chronologically through her life, from childhood in Egypt to parenthood in provincial England to authorhood in London, Lively has taken a looser, more playful approach, writing about what didn’t happen to her, rather than about what did.