Polaroid Nights

Lizzie Harwood


“a fast and furious snapshot of 90s nightlife – Laura would have loved it” —Tina Shaw

Polaroid Nights fizzes with wild energy. Compulsive reading – don’t miss this brilliant debut, the inaugural winner of the NZSA Laura Solomon Cuba Press Prize.

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About the book

Auckland city bars, 1996, when the click / whirr of a Polaroid 600 proved you were living your best life. Betty’s is on repeat: waitress till late, drink till dawn, in bed to forget. But partying like there’s no tomorrow is no fix for the problems crowding in. Her ex is back and drinking at her favourite haunts, her flat was burgled and she faces eviction if she can’t pay late rent. And then there’s the serial rapist called the Psychic who’s terrorising women in their homes.

When her ex is murdered and left in her bed, Betty and her flatmate Alabama turn to the bar world to find out who did it. Was it the Psychic – or someone closer?

Polaroid Nights fizzes with the wild energy of the city nightlife of 1990s Auckland. It’s compulsive reading – pitch-perfect with wicked humour and a dark hinterland that chills and fascinates in equal measure. Don’t miss this brilliant debut, the inaugural winner of the NZSA Laura Solomon Cuba Press Prize.

About the author

Lizzie Harwood grew up on Aotea Great Barrier Island and writes novels set in the far-flung places she’s lived. Her memoir Xamnesia and Triumph: Collected Stories are international Amazon bestsellers.

She is the co-founder of the First Pages Prize, an international writing award to support emerging un-agented writers. After 24 years out of New Zealand, mainly in Paris, she now lives in Auckland with her family. She is the winner of the inaugural NZSA Laura Solomon Cuba Press Prize with her novel Polaroid Nights.


Dimensions: 128 x 198
Number of pages: 200
Binding: softback

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