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Paddy Richardson has written two collections of short stories, Choices and If I Were Lebanese, many of which have been broadcast on Radio New Zealand National. Her work has also been highly commended in the Katherine Mansfield and Sunday Star-Times awards. Her first novel, The Company of a Daughter, was written during her year as the Burns Fellow  at Otago University, Dunedin, 1997. Penguin has published her second, third and fourth novels: A Year to Learn a Woman in 2008; Hunting Blind in 2010; Traces of Red in 2011.

Paddy Richardson lives in Dunedin, where she writes and teaches courses in creative writing.