Characterised by sardonic and often acerbic narrators, Charlotte Randall’s novels balance a zealous attention to language and vocabulary with mordant observations of the human condition. Her novels aim their critiques at a broad range of subjects, but often return to satirise dubious medical science, pseudo-religious superstitions, and spurious cultural trends. By blending contemporary and historical settings (often within a single narrative) Randall’s novels bring the follies of the past to bear on the present.

Born in Dunedin, New Zealand, Randall moved to Christchurch as a young adult to study psychology at the University of Canterbury. Although later abandoning psychological research to write full-time, her continued interest in the discipline is evident in her novels’

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Citation: Harris, Matthew. "Charlotte Randall". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 September 2008 [, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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