In the aftermath of a high-school sex scandal caused by a teacher's affair with an underaged student, a group of teenage girls becomes the focus of public scrutiny. After a local drama school decides to turn the scandal into a play, the boundaries between private and public, and fact and fiction, begin to dissolve.
Winner of Betty Trask Award 2009 and New Zealand Society of Authors Best First Book Awards: Hubert Church Award for Fiction 2009. Shortlisted for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Fiction Category 2009 and Guardian First Book Award 2009 and Dylan Thomas Prize 2010.
This is a daring book, full of velvety pleasures but never afraid to show its claws. Eleanor Catton is crazily talented and insightful - and best of all, she makes language seem new. Emily Perkins.
Eleanor Catton was born in 1985. Born in Canada and raised in Canterbury, she completed an MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University in 2007 and won the Adam Prize in Creative Writing for this, her first novel. She also won the 2007 Sunday Star-Times short story competition and the audience award at Once Upon a Deadline, a one-day story contest in the 2008 NZ International Arts Festival Writers and Readers Week. She is the recipient of the 2008 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship to study at the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop, and the 2008 Louis Johnson New Writers Bursary.