Author(s): Damien Wilkins
This exhilarating mixture of fables, satires, notes to self and short shorts will further enhance Wilkins's reputation as one of the most daring and innovative of New Zealand's leading writers. First published June 2007.
Damien Wilkins is the author of seven books in total, including a book of poems and a book of short stories and he edited Great Sporting Moments: The Best of Sport Magazine 1988?2004 (VUP 2005), winner of the Reference and Anthology category in the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. He is better known however, for his award-winning novels. The Miserables , his first, won the NZ Book Award for fiction in 1994. The Fainter (November 2006) is Damien Wilkins' fifth novel and further underlines why he has been called 'one of the few major writers in this country'. The Fainter was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2007 Best Book in South East Asia and South Pacific. He teaches at the International Institute of Modern Letters at VUW.