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Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sarah Quigley is a novelist, critic, and columnist. She has a D.Phil. in Literature from the University of Oxford, and is a graduate of Bill Manhire's creative writing course. In 1998, she won the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship. Her short stories and poetry have been widely broadcast and published, and her fiction has won many prizes, including the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award and the Commonwealth Pacific Rim Short Story Award. Previous publications include three novels, a collection of short fiction, a creative writing manual, and two poetry collections. Her second novel Shot was long-listed for the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and her third novel Fifty Days saw her featured in Waterstones UK 20 Faces of the Future. In 2000 she won the inaugural Creative New Zealand Berlin Residency. Since then she has divided her time between New Zealand and Berlin. She writes a weekly column for The Press, and also works as a freelance editor for a number of UK and German publishers.