Duff, Alan

About Alan Duff

Biography (Read NZ)

Biography (Academy of New Zealand Literature)

Filmography (IMDb)



Beaglehole, Ann. “The Resilience of Children.” New Zealand Books, vol. 23, no. 4, 2013

O'Brien, Louise. “The Good, the Bad, and the Epic.” New Zealand Books, vol. 20, no. 1, 2010

Once Were Warriors.” Times Higher Education, 18 Jun. 2009

“Once Was a Fighting Man.” Asiaweek, vol. 23, no. 48, 1997

Josephs, Allen and Mark Lindquist. “Books in Brief: Fiction and Poetry.” New York Times, 7 Jan. 1996

“Fallen Far.” Asiaweek, vol. 23, no. 48, 1995

Simson, Maria. “Forecasts: Paperbacks.” Publishers Weekly, vol. 242, no. 44, 1995

Rogers, Michael. “Book Reviews: Classic Returns.” Library Journal, vol. 120, no. 7, 1995

Oxenham, Stephen. “World Literature in Review: New Zealand.” World Literature Today, vol. 69, no. 1, 1995

Simson, Maria. “Forecasts: Paperbacks.” Publishers Weekly, vol. 241, no. 24, 1994

Allen, Kimberly G. “Book Reviews: Fiction.” Library Journal, vol. 119, no. 11, 1994

Oxenham, Stephen. “World Literature in Review: New Zealand.” World Literature Today, vol. 67, no. 3, 1993



Hereniko, Vilsoni. “An Interview with Alan Duff.” Inside Out: Literature, Cultural Politics, and Identity in the New Pacific, 1999

Thompson, Christina. “Alan Duff: The Book, the Film, the Interview: The Controversial Author of Once Were Warriors (UPQ) Talks to the Editor of Meanjin.” Meanjin, vol. 54, no. 1, 1995



Singeot, Laura. “An Exception to European Epistemological Rule: The Representation of Indigeneity in the Works of Mudrooroo and Alan Duff.” Commonwealth Essays and Studies, vol. 43, no. 1, 2020

Barker, Clare. “Warrior Genes.” Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 66, no. 4, 2020

Boyer-Kelly, Michelle Nicole. “Māori Agents of Change: Examining the Children of Whale Rider, Once Were Warriors, and Potiki.” Representing Agency in Popular Culture: Children and Youth on Page, Screen, and In Between, Castro and Clark (eds.), 2019

Henningsgaard, Per. “Changes in Tone, Setting, and Publisher: Indigenous Literatures of Australia and New Zealand from the 1980s to Today.” Transnational Literature, vol. 8, no. 2, 2016

Fox, Alistair. “Hybridity and Identity in New Zealand Maori Literature: Alan Duff's Dreamboat Dad.” Postcolonial Theory in the Global Age: Interdisciplinary Essays, Dwivedi and Kich (eds.), 2013

Lawn, Jennifer. “Neoliberalism and the Politics of Indigenous Community in the Fiction of Alan Duff and Witi Ihimaera.” Social Semiotics, vol. 21, no. 1, 2011

Wilson, Janet. “Literature as Resistance in the Maori Renaissance: Patricia Grace, Witi Ihimaera, Alan Duff.” Anglistik, vol. 20, no. 1, 2009

Kwast-Greff, Chantal. “Shared Place and Maimed Bodies: Flesh of the Past, Soul of the Future (or Vice-Versa) in Once Were Warriors.” Shared Waters: Sounding in Postcolonial Literatures, Barthet (ed.), 2009

Wilson, Janet. “Alan Duff: Brown Man’s Burden?” British Review of New Zealand Studies, vol. 17, 2008

Roussos, Timotheos. “A Man's 'True Face': Concealing/Revealing Masculinities in Novels by Alan Duff and Witi Ihimaera.” Philament, vol. 5, 2005

Shibuya, Eric. “(Un)Pacific Visions: Alan Duff s Writings and Their Film Adaptations.” Review of Education, vol. 25, no. 1, 2003

Thompson, Christian A. “In Whose Face? An Essay on the Work of Alan Duff.” Inside Out: Literature, Cultural Politics, and Identity in the New Pacific, 1999

Oder, Norman. “Alan Duff and Once Were Warriors - Ventilating Race in New Zealand.” Antipodes, vol. 10, no. 2, 1996



Autobiography/Life Writing

Out of the Mist and Steam: A Memoir (1999)



Frederick’s Coat (2013)

Who Sings for Lu? (2009)

Dreamboat Dad (2008)

Jake’s Long Shadow (2002)

Szabad (2001)

Both Sides of the Moon (1998)

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted (1996)

State Ward (1994)

One Night Out Stealing (1991)

Once Were Warriors (1990)


Children's and Young Adult's Books

Alan Duff’s Maori Heroes (2000)

Duffy’s Once Were Warriors (1999)

Duffy’s Search for the Pohutukawa (1999)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

A Conversation With My Country: Where We've Come From, Where We Can Go (2019)

“Alan Duff: Now is the Hour to Say Goodbye.” Nzherald, 16 Oct. 2017

“Harvey Weinstein Is not the Only One.” Nzherald, 9 Oct. 2017

“Plunging Headlong into Early Graves.” Nzherald, 2 Oct. 2017

“Good Luck Getting a Read on Winston Peters.” Nzherald, 25 Sep. 2017

“Election Is Anyone's Guess.” Nzherald, 18 Sep. 2017

“Rugby a Hidden Bond Connecting Kiwis.” Nzherald, 11 Sep. 2017

“Don't Believe Pollies Who 'Save the Poor'.” Nzherald, 4 Sep. 2017

“Colin Meads Wasn't 'One of Us' - He Was Something More.” Nzherald, 28 Aug. 2017

"Why Boot Camps and Tikanga Prisons Won't Work." Nzherald, 21 Aug. 2017

"The Jealousy and Resentment of Sportswriters." Nzherald, 14 Aug. 2017

"Why I'm Thinking about Changing Who I Vote for." Nzherald, 7 Aug. 2017

"Spain Got a Guggenheim, We Just Got Te Papa." Nzherald, 31 Jul. 2017

"Shane Jones' True Colours." Nzherald, 24 Jul. 2017

"Taxpayers, Don't Line Up To Be Ripped Off." Nzherald, 17 Jul. 2017

"Timeless Lessons in Human Nature." Nzherald, 10 Jul. 2017

"Tolerance Stretched on the Long-Haul Flights." Nzherald, 3 Jul. 2017

"Shrieking Is no Laughing Matter." Nzherald, 26 Jun. 2017



Mune, Ian (Dir.) and Alan Duff (Wri.), What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, 1999

Tamahori, Lee (Dir.) and Riwia Brown (Wri.), Once Were Warriors, 1994


Audio- and Audiovisual Material

Alan Duff - Going West Writers Festival 2019, YouTube, 27 Sep. 2019

A Conversation With My Country: Alan Duff Scrutinises Contemporary NZ in New Book, YouTube, 14 Jul. 2019

Alan Duff on Once Were Warriors, YouTube, 9 Dec. 2012