(born 1985) is a New Zealand author best known for her debut novel, The Rehearsal. The book deals with reactions to an affair between a male teacher and Victoria, a girl at his secondary school, as well as the more muted response to the death of another pupil. A drama school student, who participates in creating and staging a production based on the affair, develops a relationship with Victoria's younger sister, Isolde. An independent saxophone teacher, through her conversations with girls from the school, including Isolde, and their mothers, discovers elements of the story, casts her quirky eye over them. It has a strong focus on relationships and the inner world of characters.
Thomas, with the announcements coming in the same week. Stead added that the reason the publishers of Eleanor Catton […] have to look at prizes as an open market - publishers do look at their options. Eleanor Catton has been on the shortlist