C. K. Stead

C. K. Stead is an award-winning novelist, literary critic, poet, essayist and emeritus professor of English at the University of Auckland. He was the 2015-17 New Zealand Poet Laureate, has won the Prime Minister's Award for Literature, and is a Member of the Order of New Zealand, the highest honour possible in New Zealand.



Excellent . . . [a] fictional gemDavid Grylls
Sunday Times

C.K. Stead is challenging, fun, urbane and brilliant... Read him.John de Falbe

A languid yet gripping portrayal of modern literary life in Europe.
Good Reading magazine

[Stead] has the ability to set the scene in a few pithy lines and condense more telling details into a handful of pages than many writers manage in their entire chapters
Sunday Times

A gifted and intelligent novelist

[a] masterfully structured storyZoe Apostolides
Financial Times

Paris suits Stead. There is a joie de vivre to the writing
NZ Listener

There is no finer author writing in New Zealand today [...] admire the artistry of a writer at the very top of his game.Gerri Kimber
Katherine Mansfield Society Journal

The novel crackles with the expected wit and erudition of Stead... Stead riffs with language, playing with words as he searches for le mot juste. The result is amusing and intoxicating

A few chapters in, I found myself in the grip of an artist with the ability to capture mood and beauty in a sentence
Financial Times on RISK

fine, thoughtful and insightful
Daily Mail on RISK

An elegant and assured novel
Scotsman on RISK

Written with glowing simplicity and rich in delicate humour...[A] thought-provoking, witty and highly topical novelJames Wood
Daily Telegraph on MY NAME WAS JUDAS

[An] elegant, calm novel...Stead maintains an eye unblinkingly opposed to the transcendental

The novel reaches a climax which is surprising and unusual but apt. It is an enjoyable book, worldly and detached in tone, ruminative and amused, sophisticated without being pretentious. Stead captures the essence of Paris, its certainties and its contradictions, while simultaneously invoking the power of literature to alter and direct lives.Richard Hopton
Country & Townhouse Magazine