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December 21, 2005

Former Teacher Up for Major Award

Carl Shuker is author of the acclaimed novel The Method Actors (Shoemaker & Hoard), which has been short-listed for the Prize In Modern Letters in his native New Zealand, and which earlier this year the Japan Times called "as close to being a purely postmodernist novel as one is likely to find." An ambitious debut that runs to almost 500 pages, it is set in Tokyo at the turn of the millennium, a time that Shuker spent working as an English teacher in the metropolis. It is a story of twenty-somethings, from teachers on the JET Program to the children of a New Zealand judge who have use of a penthouse at the Shinjuku Prince Hotel. Shuker has lived on and off in Japan, where he is currently an editor of financial reports. He plans to move to London with his girlfriend Anna Smaill, also a writer. The Prize In Modern Letters is the world's largest literary prize for an emerging writer. The 2006 winner, who will receive NZ$65,000, will be announced in March. (photo © Shoemaker & Hoard)
Carl Shuker interview
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