Author(s): Peter Wells
'Lucky Bastard' is the story of Eric Keeling, a survivor of the Japanese prison camps who went on to become a war crimes investigator at the Toyko War Crimes Trials in the late 1940s. 'Old Bastard' is the story of his children, and how they cope with a father traumatised by his past. 'Maiden Daughters Sing the Blues' is the story of how these children, now adults, try to make sense of a case in which their father sent a Japanese officer to his death. Was their father a hero? Or a man guilty of an unscrupulous act of revenge? LUCKY BASTARD is a novel in three acts. How do you make sense of the past when it suddenly explodes into the present?
'Peter Wells is a writer and film-maker. He studied history at Auckland University and the University of Warwick, England. As a writer, he has won the NZ Book Award for Fiction for his first book of short stories, Dangerous Desires which was published by Viking Penguin in New York and Secker and Warburg in London. The book also won, among other awards, the PEN (NZ) Best First Book in Prose Award in 1992. He has since published another book of short fiction, The Duration of a Kiss, ( New York, Sydney and London) and a novel, Boy Overboard which was shortlisted for the 1998 Commonwealth Prize (Pacific-Asia Region). His memoir Long Loop Home won the 2002 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Biography. Iridescence was the runner up for the Deutz Medal Winner for Fiction at the Montana Book of the Year Awards and a finalist in the Tasmania-Pacific Award. Lucky Bastard, a novel, was published in 2006. In 2009 Peter Wells won the CLL Award to write a book on William Colenso. In 2011 Peter Wells was awarded the Michael King Fellowship which is one of the NZ's largest writing fellowships and supports established writers to work on a major project over two or more years.'