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Judy Corbalis

New Zealand

Judy Corbalis was born and brought up in New Zealand. She now lives in London with her husband the admired sculptor, Phillip King, who recently served as President of the Royal Academy. She trained at RADA, and has worked in TV and fringe and community theatre. Her children's books have been published by Deutsch, Hodder and Scholastic - children love them for their humour and the fact that no character behaves as expected.

Judy Corbalis is a graduate of the famous MA course for creative writing at the university of East Anglia.Her adult novel Tapu (Chatto and Vintage) was highly praised in Britain and New Zealand. In it, she brilliantly created an original 'voice' and a unique language for the illiterate wife of a missionary. Tapu (which is the Maori word for taboo) is a historical novel about the clash between the English Christians (who thought the Maoris were savages whom they had come to evangelise) and the native Maoris (who equally regarded the white men as monsters).

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