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Stella Duffy

New Zealand (b.1963)

Stella Duffy grew up in New Zealand and lives and work in London. She has written thirteen novels, fifty short stories, and ten plays. The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness were both longlisted for the Orange Prize, and she has twice won Stonewall Writer of the Year. She won the 2002 CWA Short Story Dagger for Martha Grace. She is currently adapting her novel State of Happiness for feature film with Zentropa/Fiesta. HBO have optioned both of her Theodora novels for a TV mini-series. Stella is also a theatre director and performer.

Genres: Historical, Mystery, Science Fiction
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Short stories
It Came in a Box (2000)

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2008) : The Room of Lost Things

Stella Duffy recommends
The Depths of the Forest (2002)
(Ricardo Cupido, book 1)
Eugenio Fuentes
"Falling in love with a dead woman has never seemed so possible - or so strange."
The Naked Season (2003)
Kira Cochrane
"Sharp,witty and entertaining...There's hope for the 'girl- power' girls after all!"
Fifty Days (2004)
Sarah Quigley
"Dangerously alluring."
The Binding (2018)
Bridget Collins
"Intriguing, thought-provoking and heartbreaking … what a gorgeous book."
The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke (2019)
Tina Makereti
"A historical love letter to London, a coming-of-age story, a love story...Read it."
Sankofa (2021)
Chibundu Onuzo
"Wonderful. Poignant and powerful and so timely and the beautiful ending had me in tears, reminding me to look within as well as without for my answers."

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