Palmer, Rebekah

Palmer, Rebekah

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residence
Wellington

In Brief

Rebekah Palmer is a novelist, editor, and journalist. Her first book The Thirteenth Life of Frank Finnigan was released in 2001, and Gavin McLean called it ‘a funny, thoughtful and surprisingly unpretentious unwriterly debut.’ The Sunday Star Times wrote that, ‘The ingenuity of this cunning novel doesn't smack you in the face right away; it creeps up on you gradually.’ This novel was followed by her second, Rhythm, in 2004.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Palmer, Rebekah (1969 - ) is a journalist and fiction writer whose first novel The Thirteenth Life of Frank Finnigan was published in 2001.

Palmer grew up in Wellington, Christchurch, and has spent time in the United States. She has a BA in English from Victoria University (1989) and a Diploma in Journalism from Canterbury University (2006).

Palmer worked as a journalist for 10 years, including as an editor at the New Zealand Press Association. Since 2000, she has worked for her own company, West Egg Ltd, as an editor and writer.

Her first novel The Thirteenth Life of Frank Finnigan (Penguin, 2001) was well reviewed. The Sunday Star-Times wrote that 'The ingenuity of this cunning novel doesn't smack you in the face right away; it creeps up on you gradually.' Gavin McLean called it 'a funny, thoughtful and surprisingly unpretentious unwriterly debut.'

Her second novel Rhythm (Penguin, 2004), has been called an 'adroit and entertaining literary thriller'.

The Champ the Chopper children's book series, illustrated by Daniel Falconer, is about a little rescue helicopter. This has been well recieved, described as 'loads of fun' by the New Zealand Herald.

Rebekah Palmer currently lives in Wellington with her partner and their two daughters.

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Updated January 2017.