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  • Published: 16 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781775531906
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

The Best of Fiona Kidman's Short Stories



'She has a rare ability to capture a sense of place and time . . . [Her] stories remind me of Alice Monro.' - Booksellers News

An engrossing collection of short stories from one of New Zealand's most distinguished writers.

Fiona Kidman first wrote short stories in the 1960s and has continued to publish them in books, magazines and journals ever since. Her style has evolved as she has explored different forms over the years, but her piercingly vivid realisations of everyday people have remained a characteristic of her striking work.

This is a collection of the best of her stories from the first thirty years of her writing career, including many old favourites from her acclaimed collections, Mrs Dixon and Friend, Unsuitable Friends and The Foreign Woman. She has gone on to write many more prize-winning books - including further stories, poetry, novels and memoir - but these stories stand the test of time and are testament to the quality and lasting appeal of her work.

  • Published: 16 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781775531906
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the author

Fiona Kidman

Fiona Kidman has published over 30 books, including novels, poetry, non-fiction and a play. She has worked as a librarian, radio producer and critic, and as a scriptwriter for radio, television and film. The New Zealand Listener wrote: ‘In her craft and her storytelling and in her compassionate gutsy tough expression of female experience, she is the best we have.’

She has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships; in more recent years, The Captive Wife was runner-up for the Deutz Medal for Fiction and was joint-winner of the Readers’ Choice Award in the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards, and her short story collection The Trouble with Fire was shortlisted for both the NZ Post Book Awards and the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award. Her novel This Mortal Boy won the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, the NZ Booklovers Award, the NZSA Heritage Book Award for Fiction and the Ngaio Marsh Crime Writing Award for Best Novel.

She was created a Dame (DNZM) in 1998 in recognition of her contribution to literature, and more recently a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour. ‘We cannot talk about writing in New Zealand without acknowledging her,’ wrote New Zealand Books. ‘Kidman’s accessible prose and the way she shows (mainly) women grappling to escape from restricting social pressures has guaranteed her a permanent place in our fiction.’

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