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.
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