Catherine Chidgey is an award-winning and bestselling New Zealand novelist and short-story writer. Her first novel, In a Fishbone Church, won the Betty Trask Award, and was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Golden Deeds was Time Out's book of the year, a Best Book in the LA Times Book Review and a Notable Book in the New York Times Book Review. Her fourth novel, The Wish Child, was published in 2016 and won the 2017 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, the country's richest literary prize.
Chidgey is a gifted writer... her confident, commanding prose and vivid atmospherics hold the attention. * The Guardian (on The Transformation) * A richly imaginative, memorable story. * The Times (on The Wish Child) * Chidgey experiments with and opens up new structural territory for what contemporary fiction might be. * New Zealand Herald (on The Beat of the Pendulum) * Chidgey is a find. * TLS * Immersive, profound, and beautifully plotted. * The Guardian * Wise, inventive, insightful and extraordinarily astute about both the darkness and the light in human nature, Catherine Chidgey gives us a riveting historical novel that is piercingly relevant to our time. What do we choose to see and what not to see and what are the consequences? Remote Sympathy broke and awakened my heart in equal measure. One of the best books I've read in years. -- Stacey D'Erasmo, author of Wonderland With its multiple registers and complex view of humanity, this marks a vital turn in Holocaust literature. * Publishers' Weekly - starred * A wonderful new talent. -- Nick Hornby One of the most original, brave and profound explorations of the darkest recesses of the human heart I have ever read. -- Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind An insightful account of human nature set against the chaos of war. It is a moving examination of the human condition and well worth serious attention. * Historical Novels Review * Insightful... staggering....chilling. Remarkably powerful. * Lizzy's Literary Life *