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  • Published: 7 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869793500
  • Imprint: RHNZ Vintage
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

The Night Book




Shortlisted for the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards this is an unflinching novel on contemporary NZ society.

Award-winning writer Charlotte Grimshaw has turned her unflinching eye on contemporary New Zealand society in this intricate and elegant novel.

Sharp, moving, brimming with insight and observation, The Night Book is at once a meditation on power and politics, and an intensely humane look at the choices people make as they struggle, against the odds, to maintain love and integrity in their lives.

'It was this contemplation of the future that made Roza frightened, and that caused her to turn her mind, as she did now, harried and nervous, to the past. And then there was the question of Simon Lampton.'

Roza Hallwright leads a quiet, orderly life, working at her publishing job each day, returning home to the large, comfortable house she shares with her politician husband David and her two stepchildren. But this peaceful existence is about to be changed forever. In the next few months there will be an election, and, if the polls are correct, Roza will become the Prime Minister's wife. She has faced the prospect with relative calm, but a chance encounter with party donor Simon Lampton sparks a chain of consequences that will bring turmoil to both their lives.

  • Published: 7 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869793500
  • Imprint: RHNZ Vintage
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Charlotte Grimshaw

Charlotte Grimshaw is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels and two outstanding collections of linked stories. 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 is a winner of the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award. Her story collection Opportunity was shortlisted for the prestigious Frank O’Connor International Prize, and Opportunity won New Zealand’s premier Montana Award for Fiction, along with the Montana Medal for Book of the Year. She was also the Montana Book Reviewer of the Year. Her story collection Singularity was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Prize and the Asia Pacific Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her novel, The Night Book, was a finalist for the New Zealand Post Award. Grimshaw’s fifth novel, Soon, a bestseller in New Zealand, was published by Jonathan Cape in the UK and by Anansi in Canada and the United States. These two novels were made into a TV series, The Bad Seed, which screened on TV One in 2019.Her novel Mazarine was longlisted for the 2019 Ockham Book Awards.

Her monthly column in Metro magazine won a Qantas Media Award. She was 2016 finalist in the Canon Media Award Reviewer of the Year, and won the 2018 Voyager Media Award for Reviewer of the Year.

Information on all of Charlotte Grimshaw’s books, reviews and selected reviews and columns can be found at www.charlottegrimshawauthor.com


In 2014, Charlotte Grimshaw and her husband Paul Grimshaw, along with law firm Grimshaw & Co, agreed to sponsor the Sargeson Fellowship, which awards a stipend and residency to writers. Charlotte Grimshaw is also a literary advisor for the Sargeson Trust. She has been involved in writing courses for young people run by the Michael King Writers’ Centre. She has judged the Sunday Star-Times Short Story award twice, and the Auckland University Ingenio short story award twice, and was the judge of the premier award of the 2014 BNZ Katherine Mansfield short story prize. She is also a literary advisor to the Academy of New Zealand Literature.


“Charlotte is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished and acclaimed writers with a significant publishing record. She has few peers as a fiction writer and essayist, and as a reviewer and public intellectual. Her work for newspapers and magazines reveals her curiosity about the world, her immersion in contemporary politics and social issues; it demonstrates her clear-sighted thinking, willingness to interrogate and expose, and desire to engage with difficult topics. Her writing can be searing and fearless. Her work as a fiction writer wins literary awards and is adapted for television, a rare combination anywhere, especially for an author who is not writing commercial or historical fiction.” – Dr Paula Morris MNZM

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Praise for The Night Book

Her skewering of the Auckland social elite is spot on from the boozed husbands to the over Trelised wives. Her novel is set around the Lampton family. Simon is a respected doctor; Karen is his social climbing wife. They have three children; the third, the girl, they adopted. It’s also the story of David and Roza Hallwright. David a self made millionaire is tipped to be New Zealand’s next Prime Minister but his minders are worried about Roza. They think she’s a loose cannon – and they’re right. This is a beautifully written novel – suspenseful, topical and a wonderful study of human relationships. If the ending’s a little overwrought – it doesn’t matter. The characters are fabulous and the writing’s superb.

Kerre Woodham, Sunday Star-Times

Charlotte Grimshaw is writing some of the smartest fiction around.

Philip Matthews, Dominion Post

I rate Charlotte Grimshaw as the most important, significant and arrestingly talented of our middle year writers. I finished The Night Book with regret and am now delighted that she is continuing some of its story lines.

Christine Cole Catley

A brilliant take on society. The Night Book’s got so much going for it; narrative drive, pace, suspense and beautifully controlled seamless writing . . . Quite brilliant.

Nelson Mail

This penetrating novel treads perfectly the divide between fact and fiction.

Sunday Star-Times

A swiftly-paced, complex novel . . . We can look forward to seeing where Grimshaw goes from here.

Otago Daily Times

Awards & recognition

NZ Post Book Awards

Shortlisted  •  2011  •  NZ Post Book Awards

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