Starlight Peninsula

starlight-peninsula-cover"The other thrill of [Grimshaw's] books, and Starlight Peninsula in particular, is the craft of their storytelling. Watching events unfold in Starlight Peninsula, from both inside and outside Eloise's understanding, is an extremely exciting experience. Her real-time reflections of Simon Lampton as they discuss the death of Eloise's ex-partner provided me with some of the most thrilling and nail-biting reading I've done." – Metro Magazine

"Conspiracy, duplicity, notoriety, ambiguity, agony, loss, romance and catharsis: Starlight Peninsula charts all the thematic complexities of its predecessors, while offering the kind of astute political and psychological mystery which can be read as a standalone work for readers unfamiliar with Grimshaw's previous books. Stunning...her prose sparkles." - Dominion Post Weekend

"Starlight Peninsula. It's so, so clever." - Radio New Zealand Nine to Noon

"Starlight Peninsula is at its best when it makes its reader uneasy; it is discomforting, often challenging and always brilliant." – The New Zealand Listener

"Charlotte Grimshaw's mind is a delightful thing. Her ability to seamlessly develop minor characters from prior novels and reimagine real-life events is brilliantly evident in this companion novel to Soon....Once again, Grimshaw has skilfully tackled this difficult genre to produce a well-crafted, intriguing story with expertly developed characters, beautifully described landmarks and cultural references Kiwi readers will easily recognise." - Australian Womens Weekly 

"Grimshaw has an impressive way of using very spare prose to construct atmosphere.... It's very well done... The character of Eloise is masterly." -ANZ LitLoversBlog

"I would read and treasure this book this book just for the portrait of Demelza, one of the great dragon mothers of fiction." - North and South


soon-book-cover"Grimshaw's writing never stands still. The narrative belts along, pausing just long enough for characters to tie themselves into another bunch of knots. She has a wickedly accurate ear for the banalities of dialogue and the jargon of power plays. She's excellent at rendering an entire history or relationship through one scene... The force, the clarity, the relentless peeling away of pretensions, and the utter authenticity of geographical/social/moral settings keep it engrossing and convincing. Definitely a novel that puts your coffee in danger of cooling while you read."
- The New Zealand Herald
"Full of delicious political and social satire." The Daily Mail UK
"Grimshaw's fictional world, full of weather, nature, animals, is created through precise, poetic description."
- The New Zealand Listener

"This is a truly riveting novel." - Toronto Globe and Mail

"Soon is a sly, masterly novel." - Malcolm Forbes, Literary Review UK

"One of the ten best summer reads." - Red Magazine UK

"An efficient, coolly poetic tale of Auckland's glitterati...darkly comic - paced like a classy thriller, it slips down as easily as the Hallwrights' dirty gin cocktails." - The List UK

"The story is told largely in dialogue which, along with its continuous action and limited locations, helps give Soon the feeling of a play. It ends, all too soon, with a conclusion that both surprises and provides a wonderful circularity to round out the theme of the past's persistence in the present."
- North and South

"Extraordinary. Clever, scathing and intriguing. Soon is a bold, brilliant, biting satire on wealth and pretentiousness, and the present political situation in New Zealand."
- Carole Beu

The Night Book

the-night-book-cover"Charlotte Grimshaw is writing some of the smartest fiction around." - Philip Matthews, The Dominion Post

"I rate Charlotte Grimshaw as the most important, significant and arrestingly talented of our middle year writers. I finished The Night Book with regret and am now delighted that she is continuing some of its story lines." - Christine Cole Catley

"A brilliant take on society. The Night Book's got so much going for it; narrative drive, pace, suspense and beautifully controlled seamless writing… Quite brilliant." - Nelson Mail

"This penetrating novel treads perfectly the divide between fact and fiction." - Sunday Star-Times

"A swiftly-paced, complex novel… We can look forward to seeing where Grimshaw goes from here." - Otago Daily Times


singularity-cover"Singularity is further evidence that Charlotte Grimshaw is the most interesting young writer of fiction in New Zealand today." - The Dominion Post

"She is a master with mystery, very contemporary and astute... Her language is relaxed, spare and perfect." - Jane Campion in The Guardian

"Grimshaw's vivid descriptions...are a joy." - The Times Literary Supplement

"One of the most accomplished and gripping short story collections in some time... believable, multi-layered characters who spring fully formed form the page." - The Glasgow Herald

"Stylistically, Singularity is stunning. Grimshaw's pose is crisp, elegant and richly descriptive... Most importantly, whether taken together, or in single serves, these stories are page-turning reads." - The New Zealand Herald

"Full of subtle and suggestive links. Charlotte Grimshaw is a stunning writer... Throughout, Grimshaw's control of language is exquisite and almost painfully acute." - New Zealand Listener

"It's official. Auckland's Charlotte Grimshaw is one of the best short-story writers in the world." - The Weekend Press


opportunity-cover"One of the most gripping books of short stories I've ever read... Grimshaw's imagination and vision is astonishing. Her prose is spare and amazingly expressive... a book to read compulsively and re-read for its subtlety, penetration and sheer brilliance." - Writer's Radio, Radio Adelaide

"A darkly glittering achievment." - The Dominion Post

"A writer with impressive command of style and subject... It's riddling and rewarding. Appreciate its skill. Acknowledge its depth." - The New Zealand Herald

"Beautifully crafted, colorful and hard to keep to yourself. A sense of detail, vividly narrated, gives the whole book a richness that belies its simplicity of structure... Never heavy, always one step ahead of the reader in terms of black humor and unexpected outcome, Opportunity deserves to be read aloud." - Capital Times

"Charlotte Grimshaw just keeps getting better and better." - Next

"The best Charlotte Grimshaw stories combine her unflinching eye with real emotional insight." - New Zealand Listener

Foreign City

foreign-city-cover"She is terrifically good at building cities out of words." - The New Zealand Herald

"Smart and readable, Foreign City not only cements Grimshaw's already considerable reputation, it marks her out as exceptional." - The Dominion Post

"A swarming energy pervades every page she writes... her descriptive writing has always been of the highest order. Most of it would work just as well as poetry." - New Zealand Listener

"Grimshaw builds enormous narrative power through her use of structure, which keeps us guessing, concentrating hard, to the last page." - Herald on Sunday

"Like Dickens, Grimshaw makes characters of her cities. Her evocation of the British capital, especially, is superb." - New Zealand Books


gilt-cover"Some pages are so breathtakingly exquisitely good that you really feel like you're bearing witness to a virtuoso talent flexing her muscles." – The Good Book Guide (UK)

"It's not so much the cause of fear that her novel is exploring but the atmosphere of it and in that respect her writing is extremely evocative." – Independent on Sunday

"Grimshaw creates sharply drawn urban landscapes, where noirish unsettling atmosphere is powerfully caught." – The Times

"One waits with interest and apprehension to see what she conjures up next." – Michael King.

"The richness of the book mainly comes from the writing itself... the dense swirling surface of Guilt reflects its central theme – the chaotic, anarchic nature of human existence." – The Evening Post

"Gripping." - Time Out

"Extremely tense, edgy and exciting, Guilt is about crossing the boundaries between lawfulness and lawlessness, and the grey area that is morality...Grimshaw's multi-talents are displayed again in this thrilling second novel." - Next

"Gripping and amazingly descriptive, you won't put this down in a hurry." – Shine

"Tense and compelling stuff." Big Issue