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Catherine Chidgey

Catherine Chidgey

Catherine Chidgey’s fourth novel, The Wish Child, set in Nazi Germany, won the $50,000 fiction prize at the 2017 New Zealand book awards – the country’s richest writing prize. Radio New Zealand called it ‘a brilliant, brilliant novel ... a masterpiece’, and The Times (UK) ‘a remarkable book with a stunningly original twist’. Her most recent honour is this year’s Janet Frame Fiction Prize. Her 'found' novel, The Beat of the Pendulum, was released in November 2017.

(Photograph by Helen Mayall)

'The Man I Should Have Married', a new story by Catherine Chidgey

ABR Fiction 18 January 2017
I can’t remember when the man who is now my husband first told me he loved me. Was it when we drank cocktails at that windowless bar with the old train seats you could turn to face in either direction? We tried to go back once, but it had been replaced with a hardware store; we priced a set of outdoor furniture and bought some new wire for the clothesline to stop the super-king sheets from dragg ... (read more)