Christine Leunens, of Belgian and Italian origin, is now a New Zealander whose home is in Nelson. Her first novel, Primordial Soup, was published in the UK in 1999 and received praise in The Times, The Sunday Times, Independent, Publishers Weekly and Scotland on Sunday. Her second novel, Caging Skies, was published in 2008 by Randhom House NZ and the film adaptation by Taika Waititi made the Black List 2012 and is currently in pre-production. Her novels have been translated into ten languages. The French translation of Caging Skies was shortlisted for the Prix Médicis and the Prix FNAC. Christine received a Victoria University of Wellington Doctoral Scholarship to write a third novel as part of her thesis on literary mothers-in-law at the IIML. She received a grant by Creative NZ to revise A Can of Sunshine for publication by RSVP Publishers, and it was selected as 'Best Books of the Year 2013' by the NZ Herald. She is currently working on a historical New Zealand novel.
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