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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: Mystery, Historical, 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."
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."
The Second Cut (2022)
(Rilke, book 2)
Louise Welsh
"Twenty years is a long time to wait for a 'sequel' but Louise Welsh has made the wait completely worthwhile. In Welsh's writing, Rilke's world remains recognisably queer - not sanitised, not tidied, not safe before the watershed - and all the better for it."
Mother's Boy (2022)
Patrick Gale
"Patrick Gale always writes so well of his men and of the women near them. In Mother's Boy his women shine as brightly as the men, his characters age and grow by themselves, alive in their actions, hopes and losses."

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