Famous Novelists from New Zealand

List of notable or famous novelists from New Zealand, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in New Zealand and even some popular novelists who immigrated to New Zealand. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Kiwi novelists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These novelists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known novelist from New Zealand is included when available.

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This historic novelists from New Zealand list can help answer the questions "Who are some Kiwi novelists of note?" and "Who are the most famous novelists from New Zealand?" These prominent novelists of New Zealand may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Kiwi novelists.

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  • Catherine Chidgey
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    Catherine Chidgey (born 8 April 1970) is a New Zealand novelist and short-story writer. Her honours include the inaugural Prize in Modern Letters; the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship to Menton, France; Best First Book at both the New Zealand Book Awards and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (South East Asia and Pacific Region); the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize; and the Janet Frame Fiction Prize. She lives near Hamilton in New Zealand.
    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: New Zealand
  • Cherry Wilder
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    Cherry Barbara Grimm (née Lockett, 3 September 1930 – 14 March 2002), better known by the pseudonym Cherry Wilder, was a New Zealand science fiction and fantasy writer.
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1930-2002)
    • Birthplace: New Zealand
  • Damien Wilkins
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    Damien Wilkins (born 1963 Lower Hutt, New Zealand) is a New Zealand novelist, short story writer, and poet. He is also a singer and songwriter who has released songs through his project the Close Readers. Previously, he had played in the band the Jonahs in the 1980s.
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Lower Hutt, New Zealand
  • David Bishop
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    David Bishop

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    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: New Zealand
  • David Hill (born 1942) is a New Zealand author, especially well known for his young adult fiction. His young fiction books See Ya, Simon (1992) and Right Where It Hurts (2001) have been shortlisted for numerous awards. He is also a prolific journalist, writing many articles for The New Zealand Herald.
    • Age: 81
    • Birthplace: Napier, New Zealand
  • Elizabeth Knox
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    Elizabeth Fiona Knox (born 15 February 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand) is an award-winning New Zealand writer. She has authored eleven novels, three autobiographical novellas, and a collection of essays. Her best known works are The Vintner's Luck, which won several awards, has been published in ten languages, and made into a film of the same name by Niki Caro. Knox is also known for a literary fantasy series for teen readers by the name of, The Dreamhunter Duet. Her most recent novels are Mortal Fire, published in 2013, which also won several awards, and Wake.
    • Age: 63
    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand