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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Novelists from New Zealand
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Catherine Chidgey grew up in the Hutt Valley. She has degrees in creative writing, psychology, and German literature. In 1997 Catherine was awarded the Adam Foundation Prize for her portfolio produced during study with Bill Manhire at Victoria University of Wellington's Creative Writing Programme. Her debut novel, In a fishbone church, was published in 1998 and has been widely praised in New Zealand and overseas, winning the Hubert Church Award for Best First Book of Fiction in The Montana NZ Book Awards in 1998. In 1999 In a fishbone church won the South East Asia and Pacific Region Prize in the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel, a Betty Trask Prize for a first book and was ...more

Age: 48

Birthplace: New Zealand

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Cherry Wilder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from New Zealand
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Cherry Wilder was the pseudonym of New Zealand science fiction and fantasy writer Cherry Barbara Grimm, née Lockett, who was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Lockett attended Nelson College for Girls in Nelson and the University of Canterbury in Christchurch before first moving to Australia and then, in 1976 to Langen, Hessen, Germany. She also lived in Wiesbaden-Bierstadt, before moving back to New Zealand in 1996. She chose the pseudonym "Cherry Wilder" when she began writing science fiction stories in 1974. She published over fifty short stories and novels. ...more

Age: Died at 72 (1930-2002)

Birthplace: New Zealand

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Damien Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Novelists from New Zealand
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Damien Wilkins is a New Zealand novelist, short story writer, and poet. ...more

Age: 55

Birthplace: Lower Hutt, New Zealand

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David Bishop is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from New Zealand
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David James Bishop is a New Zealand screenwriter and author. He was a UK comics editor during the 1990s, running such titles as the Judge Dredd Megazine and 2000 AD, the latter between 1996 and the summer of 2000. He has since become a prolific author and received his first drama scriptwriting credit when BBC Radio 4 broadcast his radio play Island Blue: Ronald in June 2006. In 2007, he won the PAGE International Screenwriting Award in the short film category for his script Danny's Toys, and was a finalist in the 2009 PAGE Awards with his script The Woman Who Screamed Butterflies. In 2008, he appeared on 23 May edition of the BBC One quiz show The Weakest Link, beating eight other ...more

Age: 51

Birthplace: New Zealand