Brin Murray writes, teaches, and pretends to farm some feral sheep in the beautiful top of the South Island. She has three children, three dogs and a partner who spends around half his time at sea.
Brin was awarded a mentorship from the NZSA in 2015; in 2017 her psychological thriller Ghosts in the Rain was shortlisted for the Mslexia Novel Prize. Children of the Furnace, her first novel, was published by CP Books to critical acclaim in April 2018, followed by the sequel Crosstrees, launched in February 2019.
Brin also reviews NZ children’s books at https://kidsbooksnz.blogspot.com/
Children of the Furnace was a finalist in the Children's and Young Adults' New Zealand Book Awards 2019.
'There is a stunning musicality in the language of this dark, compelling YA novel set post-climate change catastrophe. The voice is entirely unique and the reader cares deeply for the characters ... Relatonships are complex, and the action is nail-biting and unpredicatble.' NZ Book Awards, best first novel category
'An exciting story with a complex, sustained narrative voice and rhythm of language that is original, and offers magic and poetry.' NZ Book Awards, best YA novel category
Reviews of Children of the Furnace:
‘Great read.’ The Sapling
Compelling plot and great writing.’ Roisin Heycock, former commissioning editor, Quercus Books