Christine Leunens is a novelist of Belgian and Italian origin, who has lived and travelled around Europe, North America, Africa and Asia before coming to New Zealand with her family, for all of whom Nelson is now home.
Her first book, Primordial Soup, was described by the Sunday Times as a remarkable debut novel. Her second, Caging Skies, was published in New Zealand in 2008 and the French translation was shortlisted for the Prix Médicis and the Prix FNAC. A play adaptation by Desiree Gezentsvey will be directed by Andrew Foster at the Circa Theatre in Wellington in August and September 2017. Taika Waititi’s film adaptation of it, Jojo Rabbit, made Hollywood’s Black List in 2012 and is due to be filmed in 2018.
Christine wrote her third novel, A Can of Sunshine, as part of her PhD in Creative Writing at Victoria University of Wellington, and it was selected as one of the 'Best Books of the Year 2013' by the NZ Herald. Her novels have been translated into ten languages.
Christine is currently working on a historic Franco-New Zealand novel, and when she drives her children around to sport and music she often writes in the parked car while waiting for them to finish. She is also passionate about music and plays the violin in the Nelson Symphony Orchestra. When not busy with a pen or bow (or steering wheel), then she might just be relaxing with a fishing rod somewhere along the Tasman.