The Shag Incident

Author(s): Stephanie Johnson

NZ Fiction


  • Winner, Duetz Medal, Montana New Zealand Book Awards, 2003


The people who committed the act of revenge in 1985 thought it was perfectly executed. Twenty years on the truth is revealed, the truth about the deception that started it all and the seemingly disparate characters involved: Jasper, currently in Sydney's Long Bay Prison; psychiatrist Franca Todisco; New Zealand journalist Richard Brunel visiting Paris with society girlfriend Michaela; Lena now living on Waiheke Island with her girlfriend Scottie; and the young biographer Melody Argyle, working on a life of her intensely private subject, ex-All Black and millionaire block-buster novelist Howard Shag. What happened that connects them? The Shag Incident is a novel about love, responsibility, guilt and revenge. Comic, savage, and multi-layered, this is a provocative extension to this versatile writer's oeuvre. Darkly satirical and wickedly funny, this novel takes a tilt at a range of contemporary matters, including sexual stereotyping, militant feminism, the machismo of the All Blacks, new age beliefs, psychiatry, womb burial and naming ceremonies.

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Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Deutz Medal for Fiction 2003.

Stephanie Johnson is the author of two collections of poetry, The Bleeding Ballerina and Moody Bitch; three collections of short stories, The Glass Whittler, All the Tenderness Left in the World and Drowned Sprat; and seven novels: Crimes of Neglect, The Heart's Wild Surf, The Whistler, Belief, The Shag Incident, Music from a Distant Room, and John Tomb's Head. The Shag Incident won the Montana Medal for Fiction in 2002. Stephanie has won the Bruce Mason Playwrights Award and Katherine Mansfield Fellowship. Many of her novels have been published in Australia, America and the United Kingdom.

General Fields

  • : 9781869415013
  • : Random House New Zealand Ltd
  • : Vintage New Zealand
  • : July 2002
  • : New Zealand
  • : June 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Stephanie Johnson
  • : Paperback
  • : 295pp