Perkins took out the award with her book, A Novel About My Wife which centres around Tom Stone. Madly in love with his wife Ann and pushing forty the couple are expecting their first child, and buy a semi-derelict house in Hackney. Despite their spiralling money troubles, they believe this is their settled future. But Ann becomes convinced she’s being shadowed by a homeless man whose presence seems like a terrible omen. As their child grows, Ann’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, feverish and disturbed. On the verge of losing everything, Tom makes a decision that he hopes will save their lives.
Novel About My Wife is described as a taut, sensuous and chilling portrait of a marriage beset by paranoia and obsession.
Want to know a little more about the author? Emily Perkins was born in Christchurch in 1970. She is the author of Not Her Real Name, a collection of short stories which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and the novels Leave Before You Go and The New Girl.
Emily Perkins was the 2006 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow. She used the fellowship to work on Novel About My Wife (Bloomsbury, 2008). She lives in Auckland.
Congratulations to Emily!!!
And commiserations to Kate de Goldi - her young adults novel "The 10pm Question" was a fabulous contender and it must have been a very tight race!