Patrick Evans is the author of five novels (Being Eaten Alive,Making It, Gifted, The Back of His Head and, most recently, Salt Picnic) and a number of plays. His other books include The Penguin History of New Zealand Literature (1990), The Long Forgetting: Postcolonial Literary Culture in New Zealand (2007), An Inward Sun: The Novels of Janet Frame (1971) and Janet Frame (1977). He taught New Zealand literature and creative writing at the University of Canterbury until 2016.
Patrick's new novel Bluffworld will be published in 2021.
Praise for Gifted
‘Gifted is a brilliant piece of ventriloquism. It's a book about the power of the imagination and the courage of gifted writers, but also – and much more simply – about the decency of ordinary people.’ —Bill Manhire
‘A magnificent re-imagining of a signal moment in our cultural history, this is both a novel of surpassing tenderness and a primer on creative writing. The ordinary is somehow made mysterious and alluring, while the puzzling business of the imagination becomes briefly – and ecstatically – illuminated. This is a rare and transforming reading experience.’ —Kate de Goldi
‘Patrick Evans is a stimulating and iconoclastic writer on our literature: he is also a richly talented playwright and novelist.’ —Owen Marshall