Chad Taylor was born in New Zealand in November 1964. He grew up in Manurewa, South Auckland and read English and Art History while doing a Fine Arts degree at Auckland University's Elam School of Fine Arts. ("I wanted to do something creative and I wanted to find out how art worked. Also, all my favourite bands had gone to art school," he says.) While studying he wrote music and film reviews for Rip It Up magazine.
"Shirker, Chad Taylor's first ever novel published in the UK, is a compelling and disturbing literary thriller set in downtown Auckland. Ellerslie Penrose is a man dealing in futures who becomes lost in the past.
Penrose's descent into the underworld is compulsive and chaotic - and the further he falls, the less he understands. But it is only through this descent that he can finally find what he is looking for.
Surreal and labyrinthine, Shirker's cool and enthralling prose establishes Chad Taylor as one of New Zealand's finest voices."
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