Emily Perkins

Emily Perkins was born in New Zealand in 1970. She trained at the New Zealand Drama School and worked in theatre and television until 1993 when she studied creative writing at Victoria University Wellington. She moved to London in 1994, worked briefly for Bloomsbury Publishing, and wrote a long-running column for the Independent on Sunday. She is the author of Not Her Real Name, a collection of short stories that won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Montana New Zealand First Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and the novels Leave Before You Go, The New Girl, Novel About my Wife, which won the Believer Book Award and the Montana NZ Book Award for Fiction. Her latest book, The Forrests was published by Bloomsbury in 2011. She was awarded an Arts Foundation Laureate at New Zealand’s inaugural National Arts Awards in 2011.

Emily teaches creative writing at The University of Auckland and hosts TVNZ7’s books programme, ‘The Good Word’. She lives in New Zealand with her husband and three children.

Agent Name: Georgia Garrett

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