Shanghai Boy

Shanghai Boy

‘Age, no problem! Gender, no problem. Constellation, no problem. Body, sex, race, all no fucking problem. Feeling, you know! Feeling! That is everything.’  Shanghai Boy explores fathers and sons, passion and Shanghai. A leathery old dad is slowly dying of cancer in New Zealand. His son, who has...

People, People, People. A Brief History of New Zealand

People, People, People. A Brief History of New Zealand

‘New Zealand in the year 1200 was a land of trees and birds – and no people. The two main islands were covered nearly entirely in deep, dark, cool forest. New Zealand was entirely unknown to any people anywhere in the world.’ A very short history of New Zealand, this book covers many themes and...

The Siren Celia

The Siren Celia

A satirical comedy about colonial Canterbury. A novel of manners, it has been received with the same wide range of affection and rage provoked among readers by almost all the works of Stevan Eldred-Grigg.  Jane Stafford: 'Victorian pastiche comes unstuck.'  Andrew Peek: 'savagely readable ......

The Rich. A New Zealand History

The Rich. A New Zealand History

A sequel to the author’s earlier work on the colonial gentry, this book widens the scope still further to become the first full portrait of all the wealthy throughout the whole history of New Zealand from the late eighteenth century to the late twentieth century. Wool lords, brewers, bankers,...

Sheng Xian Qi Ji

Sheng Xian Qi Ji

Chinese edition of Oracles and Miracles, translated by Shih Li-an.  Chen Yongxiang, Beijing University of Education: 'His fine, subtle study of girls and women in the novel makes them not only come to life but walk off the page.'  Xiang Wei, Xinmin Evening News, Shanghai: 'Stevan writes with...

Sheng Xian Qi Ji

Sheng Xian Qi Ji

Taiwanese edition of Oracles and Miracles, translated by Shih Li-an. Adapted for radio and broadcast by the Central Broadcasting Company, Taiwan 2007. Unitas, Taipei 2006 ISBN 957 522 606 2 

A Southern Gentry

Nineteenth century society in the South Island – land of opportunity, or province of a rich and powerful elite coining money from a system of startling social inequality? A colourful, often satirical, portrait of the way the fabulous profits from huge flocks of sheep were used to found dynasties...

Mum

Mum

‘What a wonderful woman. My mother, warm and wise.’ Mum, a story about a girl and a boy growing up in poverty in the postwar suburbs, is the third in the saga begun with the much-acclaimed Oracles and Miracles. The saga, which also includes The Shining City and Bangs, portrays five generations of...

A New History of Canterbury

The social history of a New Zealand province from its colonial beginnings to the late twentieth century. Canterbury has been a lively and changeable society. At first defined by many as ‘a very aristocratic province,’ it evolved into a focus for radicalism, socialism and religious millenarianism...

Gardens of Fire

A novel about a murderous fire in a department store. The book is closely based on historical research and looks at the very ordinary lives of very conventional shop workers and customers, yet lifts those lives into tragedy and mystery. Gardens of Fire has aroused more controversy than almost any...

Pleasures of the Flesh: Sex and Drugs in Colonial New Zealand

Colonial society was easygoing, fond of sex and drugs, according to many travellers and other observers of nineteenth century New Zealand. Yet later generations have looked back at their forebears as dour folk who denied their bodies and crippled their souls with a stern puritanism. What were the...

My History, I Think

Postmodern – or premodern? – autobiography. A book puzzling many reviewers. A work skipping backwards and forwards between fiction and non-fiction, between secrecy and betrayal. Critical comments have varied as always from scathing to acclamatory.   David Hill: 'He proves again that he's one of...

New Zealand Working People, 1890-1990

‘Do working people have a history? Do they have a culture of their own? Or are they just a “bastard” class?’ These are some of the questions asked by this book, which is the most wide ranging history ever written about the working class of New Zealand. ‘Working people inherit a strong and...

Blue Blood

A parody, and a darkly comic deconstruction, of the classic interwar crime novel. Ngaio Marsh stars as the smart, tormented heroine of the story. Nationwide television news coverage of Blue Blood after its publication dwelt on whether or not the novel cruelly defames of a cultural icon of New...

Niu Xilan de Wenxue Lucheng

The history of New Zealand and its writers from the beginnings of the written word up to the present day. A book aimed at the Chinese reader, it takes the form of a series of essays drawing on the words of poets, short story writers, novelists and other essayists who have observed, thought, felt...

Kaput!

Nazism: the nightmare of the western imagination, the black hole at the heart of the twentieth century. Women: the warm heart of human life. What was life like for ordinary motherly women who supported Nazism? Kaput! chronicles the private lives of women in the capital of the Third Reich, the...

Diggers, Hatters and Whores: The Story of the New Zealand Gold Rushes

The gold rushes from the 1850s to the 1870s were the biggest event in the history of colonial New Zealand. Diggers, Hatters and Whores aims to bring to life, through fresh accessible writing and beautiful images, the thrilling and often desperate quest for the ‘royal metal.’ The book opens with a...

  • Shanghai Boy

    Shanghai Boy

  • People, People, People. A Brief History of New Zealand

    People, People, People. A Brief History of New Zealand

  • The Siren Celia

    The Siren Celia

  • The Rich. A New Zealand History

    The Rich. A New Zealand History

  • Sheng Xian Qi Ji

    Sheng Xian Qi Ji

  • Sheng Xian Qi Ji

    Sheng Xian Qi Ji

  • A Southern Gentry

  • Mum

    Mum

  • A New History of Canterbury

  • Gardens of Fire

  • Pleasures of the Flesh: Sex and Drugs in Colonial New Zealand

  • My History, I Think

  • New Zealand Working People, 1890-1990

  • Blue Blood

  • Niu Xilan de Wenxue Lucheng

  • Kaput!

  • Diggers, Hatters and Whores: The Story of the New Zealand Gold Rushes

 Comments from the critics 

David Hill, novelist, New Zealand: ‘Stevan Eldred-Grigg defies classification. He can swoop from the historical to the contemporary, from lyric to polemic, from fiction to faction. He’s unsettling as well as absorbing’.

Xiang Wei, literary critic, Shanghai: ‘Stevan writes with beautiful simplicity. His narrative is down to earth, yet often funny and witty.’

Robert Jones, editor, New York: ‘Stevan Eldred-Grigg is a wonderful writer.’