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Caroline Barron Author

Caroline Barron (Te Uri O Hau / Pākehā)

Caroline’s debut novel, GOLDEN DAYS (Affirm Press Australia and via Hachette New Zealand), arrived on shelves in February 2023. Her memoir, RIPIRO BEACH (Bateman, New Zealand), won the 2020 New Zealand Heritage Literary Award for Best Non-fiction Book.
She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from University of Auckland (2015) plus a journalism degree and, in a previous life, owned and ran Nova—a leading model and talent agency.


GOLDEN DAYS  is the story of the intense late-teen 1995 friendship between bookish Becky and star-dusted Zoe Golden—music, clubs, art collaboration, spirituality, sex—and what happens when one terrifying night changes their lives and destroys their friendship forever.


Winner of the 2020 New Zealand Heritage Literary Award for Best Non-fiction Book.

Shocking family secrets, near-death during childbirth, adoption, search for whakapapa, generational trauma, the challenges of motherhood and mental health. Ripiro Beach traverses wide terrain and is a must-read for those seeking to gather the threads of a life that has come undone.

This is one powerful read. I found it riveting, at times confronting, moving and passionate. It’s a very brave book.

— Dame Fiona Kidman

Caroline’s emotional intelligence lights up all those deep dark wells of motherhood. I saw myself, and so many mothers, in these words: the heartbursting glorious hardness of it all.

— Catherine Woulfe, Books Editor, The Spinoff

The language is clear, precise and beautiful. The impact of the author’s searing honesty and her tight control of her material is powerful and compelling. A truly amazing book.

— Hilary Mitchell, New Zealand Heritage Literary Awards Judge

Caroline Barron is a woman whose prose is up there with this country’s finest female authors, think Frame and Kidman.

— Jill Nicholas for NZME

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