Peter Wells

Peter Wells is an author and film-maker. His most recent book Journey to a Hanging was longlisted for the 2016 Ockham Book Awards. Peter was born in Auckland in 1950.

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Jan 18, 2018

Hello darkness: Peter Wells' cancer diary, part 2

The second instalment of Peter Wells' diary of life with cancer, republished from his private Facebook with permission.

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Dec 7, 2017

Hello darkness: Peter Wells on finding himself in the cancer ward

Author Peter Wells began a series of posts on his Facebook page last month, 'talking about what I saw, was going through, thought'. He has given the Spinoff permission to present his diary of life with cancer.

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Sep 21, 2016

'When I last met Edmund White he had a hot date with a skinny Asian boy in Auckland'

Peter Wells reviews Our Young Man by Edmund White

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Jul 27, 2016

‘An insight into the dreams and erotic longings of a young gay man – with a taste for big cock’

Peter Wells expands on his recent, pathetically small Listener review of What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell

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Jun 15, 2016

What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this: Katherine Mansfield on the Napier-Taupo road

An essay by Peter Wells on a new "sacred text" by her holiness Katherine Mansfield - 20 pages of jottings from a summer holiday on the Napier-Taupo road when she was 19.

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Feb 10, 2016

With thanks to Jean Genet and Oscar Wilde – Peter Wells on the early thrill of reading gay authors

All week this week we look at writers and writing which ties in with New Zealand's first-ever LGBTI Writers' festival - Samesame but different - staged from February 12-14 at AUT. Today: festival director Peter Wells on two books that meant the world to him as a young gay guy.

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Jan 19, 2016

‘She slept with a man experimentally, much as one tries tripe to see if one develops a taste for it’ – Peter Wells on Patricia Highsmith

Peter Wells reviews Carol, a new reissue of Patricia Highsmith's 'daring masterpiece' - a novel about an obsessive lesbian relationship which never once uses the word 'lesbian'.

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