Linda Burgess

Linda Burgess lives in Wellington. She has written novels, short stories, a travel memoir, film scripts, and a book about historic houses. She also translates French children’s books. Linda was born in Pahiatua in 1948.

Books
Oct 11, 2017

The Man Booker Prize shortlist, reviewed: 'History of Wolves' and 'Elmet'

The year's biggest literary prize, the Man Booker award, is announced on Wednesday morning, October 18 (NZ time). All week this week we review the six shortlisted titles. Today: Linda Burgess reviews Fiona Mozley's Elmet, and History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund.

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Books
May 4, 2017

Book of the Week: Damien Wilkins writes like a girl

Linda Burgess reviews the latest novel by the prolific Damien Wilkins. Note: the headline was her idea.

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Books
Dec 12, 2016

The Spinoff Review of Books best book of 2016: Les Parisiennes, by Anne Sebba

All week this week the Spinoff presents its best books of 2016. Today: Linda Burgess reviews our selection as the very best book of the year, Anne Sebba's extraordinary portrait of women in occupied France, Les Parisiennes.

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Books
Aug 23, 2016

Why Cathleen Schine is the best literary novelist you’ve never heard of

Linda Burgess examines the case of American novelist Cathleen Schine, who seems more famous for leaving New Yorker critic David Denby for another woman than she does as a writer who is adored by Meg Worlitzer and Alison Lurie.

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Books
Mar 18, 2016

Book of the Week: Linda Burgess reviews the new novel by Elizabeth Strout

Yes, it's the return of Book of the Week! We really ought to keep this as a regular fixture and not just occasionally get around to it. So here is Linda Burgess on a fantastic new novel by Elizabeth Strout.

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Books
Jan 11, 2016

Summer Reissue: How to Write a Book with Your Husband and not Want to Kill the Sonofabitch

An author and her ex-All Black husband collaborated on a book. It didn't take long before they wanted to bury each other.

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Books
Dec 7, 2015

Books: The Best Books of 2015 According to a Panel of 10 Experts. Our Tenth (And Most Discerning) Expert – Linda Burgess

All week this week we've featured 10 readers who chose their favourite books of 2015. We conclude the series with Linda Burgess, who shows better taste than all the other readers put together.

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Books
Nov 6, 2015

Books: Book of the Week – “The Three Saddest Words in the English Language,” said Gore Vidal, “Are ‘Joyce Carol Oates'”

Why has Joyce Carol Oates written part of her memoir from the point of view of a chicken?

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Books
Oct 12, 2015

Books: The Anne Tyler Veneration Society

Anne Tyler, shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker prize, brings out the lit snob in lit bores. Linda Burgess just loves her.

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Books
Sep 24, 2015

Books: How to Write a Book with Your Husband and not Want to Kill the Sonofabitch

An author and her ex-All Black husband collaborated on a book. It didn't take long before they wanted to bury each other.

Read on.

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