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Catherine Chidgey

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Catherine Chidgey

Catherine Chidgey’s novels have been published to international acclaim. Her first, In a Fishbone Church, won the Betty Trask Award and was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her second, Golden Deeds, was a Notable Book of the year in the New York Times Book Review and a Best Book in the LA Times Book Review. She has a degree in German literature and lived in Berlin during the 1990s. She now lives in Ngâruawâhia, New Zealand, and lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Waikato.

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Latest reviews

  • “Insightful... staggering....chilling. Remarkably powerful.”
    — Lizzy’s Literary Life, Apr 26 2021
  • “Are there new ways to tell stories of the Holocaust that are neither crass nor exploitative? In this moving and unusual novel, the New Zealand writer Catherine Chidgey shows that there are. Chidgey’s novel is a fine achievement.”
    — The Sunday Times, Apr 23 2021
  • Okham New Zealand/Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction. Remote Sympathy is one of 4 titles included in the final selection. “This transcendent novel about ‘wilful blindness’ is written as a series of letters, interviews and diary entries told from four different...
    — NZ Book Awards, Mar 17 2021
  • “With its multiple registers and complex view of humanity, this marks a vital turn in Holocaust literature.”
    — Publishers Weekly, Mar 1 2021