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Tony Chapelle

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Tony Chapelle had a professional life as a historian, mainly in schools and universities in the South Pacific. Over the past few decades he has concentrated on creative writing, and has published Original Sin, a book of short stories, many of them award-winning, and a sequence of four novels for adults: Merely a Girl, The Youngest Son, A Distant Belonging, and Kindred. He lives in Palmerston North with his daughter and granddaughters.

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wrote of Kindred, his most recent work: ‘This is a beautiful book from start to finish. It is polished and perfectly weighted . . . . So sad, and so beautifully captured by the writer.’ He has been short-listed and won a number of New Zealand short story competitions and was awarded a NZ Society of Authors mentorship with Sue McCauley. Maurice Gee described the character of Chapelle’s first novel as ‘tough, energetic, frustrated, vulnerable and not always admirable. A thoroughly believable young woman.’

Books by Tony Chapelle

Truthmaker

The sequel to Maurice Gee’s The Severed Land, written by Tony Chapelle, authorised and endorsed by Maurice Gee

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