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  • Published: 4 May 2007
  • ISBN: 9781869418793
  • Imprint: RHNZ Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $28.00

Opportunity




Winner of the Montana Book Award for Fiction.

A prize-winning and innovative collection of connected short stories.

"You could look back after a long time and ask, who wanted what from whom?"

A man confronts death after an operation, a devout Christian encounters a man who hurt her long ago, a secretary uncovers her boss's secret shame. And in a house in Auckland an elderly woman is writing the last book of her life, one which, she says, contains all of her crimes. How are the characters connected and who is writing the stories? Each of these astute stories is an inspection of motive, rich in vivid insight into a diverse range of lives. Together, they form a unified whole.

Opportunity is a book about storytelling, about generosity and opportunism; above all it is a celebration of the subtleties of human impulses, of what Katherine Mansfield called the LIFE of life.

  • Pub date: 4 May 2007
  • ISBN: 9781869418793
  • Imprint: RHNZ Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $28.00

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.

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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