‘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...
A sequel to Oracles and Miracles, this book tells the story of two boys growing up in postwar affluence in the suburbs. Lauded by some critics, by others it has been trashed fiercely. W J McEldowney: 'Inverting life in the sordid city ... the most unpleasant book that I have read for a very long...
‘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...
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 First World War was by far the worst catastrophe in the history of twentieth-century New Zealand. The Great Wrong War asks why the country went to war, whether it could or should have pulled out after the first slaughter, and what may have been the true costs. Quick, vivid, democratic and...
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,...
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...
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
Meridee Bang is a perky kid elbowed by a throng of brothers and sisters inside a tiny house in one of the wrong suburbs of Christchurch. Nothing in her life comes too easy. Dad, known for poor puns, works at a plastics factory. Mum, feckless, fierce and funny, broods in her kitchen or lashes...
The Shining City
People, People, People. A Brief History of New Zealand
The Siren Celia
The Great Wrong War. New Zealand Society in WWI
The Rich. A New Zealand History
Sheng Xian Qi Ji
Sheng Xian Qi Ji
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.’