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  • Published: 1 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781869797225
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 413

Foreign City




A teasing, clever and compelling read.

Intricately plotted, this novel explores different kinds of fictions, infidelity and dangerous freedoms.Anna Devine, a young New Zealand painter living in London, has two chance encounters that set her on a search for answers. Can she really 'see' her new city properly? Can she reconcile family life and art? Her search leads her into past mysteries of her troubled family and her brother's death, and towards future complexities: infidelity, dangerous freedoms, and a whole new eye on her foreign city.

In Auckland, in another time, Justine Devantier is reading a novel in order to find out about its author - and possibly about herself.

And in a fictional city a man looks for a woman he knew long ago.

At the core of this intricate plot is British novelist Richard Black, who may hold the strands that bind all the protagonists together. Grimshaw's brilliantly drawn characters walk through her foreign cities in different guises. She gives us a 'true' story, a fiction, a love story, a story of family connections lost and found, and a dazzling ride through the creative process - its practitioners, its casualties.

  • Published: 1 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781869797225
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 413

About the author

Charlotte Grimshaw

Charlotte Grimshaw is the author of a number of critically acclaimed novels and outstanding collections of linked stories, which have been published in New Zealand, the UK and Canada. As a reviewer in The New Zealand Listener noted: ‘A swarming energy pervades every page she writes . . . her descriptive writing has always been of the highest order. Most of it would work just as well as poetry.’

She has been a double finalist and prize winner in the Sunday Star-Times short story competition, and in 2006 she won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award. In 2007 she won a Book Council Six Pack prize. Her story collection Opportunity was shortlisted for the 2007 Frank O’Connor International Prize, and in 2008 Opportunity won New Zealand’s premier Montana Award for Fiction or Poetry. She was also the 2008 Montana Book Reviewer of the Year. Her story collection Singularity was short-listed for the 2009 Frank O’Connor International Prize and the South East Asia and Pacific section of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Grimshaw’s fourth novel, The Night Book, was shortlisted for the 2011 NZ Post Award. She writes a monthly column in Metro magazine, for which she has won the Qantas Media Award. She has also won reviewer of the Year at the Voyager Media Awards in both 2018 and 2019.

Commenting in The Guardian, Jane Campion said, ‘She is a master of mystery, very contemporary and astute. Her language is relaxed, spare and perfect.’

A full list of Charlotte Grimshaw’s titles, reviews and selected Metro columns can be found on her website: http://www.charlottegrimshawauthor.com/

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