Carl Shuker is a Wellington writer and the author of novels including The Lazy Boys and The Method Actors. He has reviewed contemporary fiction for the Listener, Dominion-Post, and the Spinoff, and purports to view other reviewers with disdain. Carl was born in Timaru in 1974.
An essay by Carl Shuker in response to the shoddy response of most reviewers to the new novel by Wellington writer Pip Adam. Why, he simmers, are so many New Zealand critics so lazy, so patronising, so cheerfully ignorant, and plain wrong?