"Like a fine wine, this novel ["The Vintner's Luck"] reveals its quality and charm in layers, providing richer rewards and delights the further one moves through it. After the initial rapture of experiencing good traditional storytelling peppered with great prose, it is the hidden depths that make this a rich and satisfying experience, one to savour again and again."- Michael Larsen, NZ Herald

Elizabeth Knox is the author of three short novels (published together as The High Jump) and ten novels. The Vintner's Luck is her best-known work to date, winner of New Zealand's most prestigious literary prize, the Montana Book Awards' Deutz medal for fiction, and now published in eight countries.

Elizabeth's fifth novel, Black Oxen, was released in New Zealand and the US in 2001, and her sixth novel, Billie's Kiss was published in March 2002. Billie's Kiss was a finalist in the Montana Book Awards. In March 2001 Elizabeth won the prestigious Tasmania Pacific Region Prize for best novel for The Vintner's Luck, ahead of works by leading New Zealand and Australian authors. The Vintner's Luck has also been translated into French and was shortlisted for the PorixVille De Saumur in the Esprit Baccus section and developed as a screen adaptation by Nicky Caro into a film which premiered in 2009.

Elizabeth's Novel Daylight (2003) was shortlisted for Best Book in the South Pacific & South East Asian Region of the 2004 Commonwealth Writers Prize. Dreamhunter (HarperCollins, 2005) is a fast-paced and dazzlingly imaginative. It draws the reader into an extraordinary fictional world in which dreams are as vividly described as the cream cakes in the tea shop, the sand on the beach or the memories of first love. Part Two of the Dreamhunter Duet, Dreamquake.   Early in 2008 Elizabeth was phoned from America to be told that Dreamquake had become a Michael Printz Honour Book.  With a similar selection process to the Laureate Awards, recipients of this "Academy Awards" of children's literature do not know their books are under consideration. Dreamquake also won an ALA Best book award in the same year.

At the end of 2008 Elizabeth released two new books. One - a limited hardback edition of The Vintener's Luck celebrating the 10th anniversary of novel and, The Love School, a collection of more than twenty years of Elizabeth's non-fiction writing. Her third novel for young adults, Mortal Fire, was published in June 2013 and her novel Wake in October in the same year.

 

Elizabeth was the 1997 Writer in Residence at Victoria University, Wellington and in 1999 the Katherine Mansfield Fellow in Menton, France. She received one of the five inaugural Arts Foundation Laureate Award recipients in 2000 and was made an Officer of the said Order (ONZM) in the June 2002 New Zealand Queen's Birthday Honours.

Elizabeth lives in Wellington with her husband and son.

Words

1983
Why I wrote Black Oxen, and where it comes from.
E Knox


Audio

2014
Laureate Elizabeth Knox delivered a breathtaking Margaret Mahy Memorial Lecture to a captivated audience at the 2014 WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.
1959
    Born, Wellington, New Zealand
1987
   Graduated from Victoria University of Wellington;After Z-Hour published;Fecipient ICI Young Writers Bursary award
1989
    Paremata published
1992 
   Treasure published
1993
    Treasure short-listed for NZ Book Award for Fiction
1994
    Pomare published
1996
    Glamour and the Sea
1997
   Writer in Residence at Victoria University, Wellington
1998
    The Vintner's Luck is released
1999
  Katherine Mansfield Fellow in Menton, France;The Vintner′s Luck winner of Deutz Medal for Fiction, Reader's Choice Award and theBooksellers' Choice Award and long-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction
2000
   One of five inaugural Arts Foundation Laureate Award recipients
2001
Black Oxen released in NZ US;WinsTasmania Pacific Region Prize for best novel for The Vintner's Luck
2002
Billie's Kiss finalist in the Montana Book Awards;            Awarded Officer of the said Order (ONZM)
2004 
   Daylight shortlisted for Best Book in the South Pacific & South East Asian Region of the Commonwealth Writers Prize
2005  
  Dreamhunter published
2007
    Dreamhunter winner of ALA Best Books For Young Adults award
2008
  Dreamquake - Michael Printz Honour Book and an ALA Best book award;Released  limited hardback edition of The Vintner's Luck Released The Love School, more than 20 years of  non-fiction writing;Dreamhunter winner of  Esther Glen Award and chosen as a White Raven by the International Youth Library
2009
    The Invisible Road wins Best Collected Work, Sir Julius Vogel Award;The Love School Personal Essays wins biography section of the NZ Book Awards
2013
Mortal Fire published in June and Wake in October
2014
Mortal Fire,  finalist, Young Adult Literature section, 34th LA Times Book Prizes; Recipient of $100,000 Michael King Writer's Fellowship