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Host Emily Perkins

The Book Show presenter Emily Perkins first won attention when Picador (UK) published her first collection of stories, Not Her Real Name and Other Stories, in 1996, while she was living in London.

It was shortlisted for the New Zealand Book Award, won the Best First Book (Fiction) Award and subsequently won the Faber Award in the UK.

Born in Christchurch, she spent time in both Auckland and Wellington, working as a TV actor, studying acting at the New Zealand Drama School, Toi Whakaari, before eventually embarking on the Bill Manhire-led, Victoria University writing course.
In 1999, Victoria University Press published The Picnic Virgin, a selection of writing from contemporary writers, selected by Perkins.

Her other novels are Leave Before You Go (Picador 1998) and The New Girl (Picador 2001).  The New Girl was short listed for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.  She has been published widely in newspapers and magazines both in New Zealand and the UK.

Perkins has been chosen as the 2006 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow.  This fellowship allows her to work on her new book, Novel About My Wife, for Bloomsbury Publishing.

She lives in Grey Lynn with her husband, painter Karl Maughn and their children.