Alex: The Quartet

Book Author Tessa Duder
Rights Available World excl. NZ, Australia, USA and the Pacific Islands

The classic New Zealand series is released in one edition that includes all four of the original Alex titles.
Alex in Winter
Alessandra: Alex in Rome
Songs for Alex
Includes an introduction from the author and a prologue to complete Alex’s story.

1987 NZ Children’s Book of the Year – Alex
1987 NZ Library Association Esther Glen Medal – Alex
1987 American Libraries Association Notable Book (Young Adult list) – In Lane Three, Alex Archer (American title for Alex)
1989 QE 11 Arts Council Travel Grant, for American convention of International Reading Association, New Orleans research in Italy.
1989 AIM Children’s Book of the Year – Alex in Winter
1989 NZ Library Association Esther Glen Medal – Alex in Winter
1992 AIM Children’s Book of the Year – Alessandra – Alex in Rome
1992 NZ Library Association Esther Glen Medal – Alessandra – Alex in Rome
1993 AIM Children’s Book of the Year (Senior Fiction) – Songs for Alex
1993 LIANZA Esther Glen Medal – third – Songs for Alex

About the Author
Tessa Duder
won a silver medal in butterfly at Cardiff’s Empire Games in 1958. She trained as a journalist and has published more than forty works of fiction and non-fiction for both children and adults.

Her best-known work Alex (1987) was adapted for a 1993 movie, and recent books include biographies of Margaret Mahy, Sir Peter Blake, Auckland’s ‘First Lady’ Sarah Mathew and Captain James Cook. Her awards include multiple New Zealand children’s book prizes, the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship to Menton (France), an Artists to Antarctica award, the OBE and an honorary doctorate from the University of Waikato. She has four daughters and two grandchildren and lives in Auckland, where she enjoys sailing, concert and theatre-going, teaching creative writing and reading.


OneTree House




Young Adult

Age range
12+ years

Publication Date
October 2019

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ, Australia, USA and the Pacific Islands

Rights Agents:


Christine Dale, OneTree House

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Tessa Duder’s Alex had me in tears at times. By turns exhilarating and almost terminally poignant, this ‘teenage’ novel captures perfectly the ache of late adolescence as Alex confronts success and failure, desire and reality, the facts of death and power of love. My own book of the year.

New Zealand Listener

The most powerful creation of a strong central female character [in New Zealand young adult fiction of the 1980s} occurs in Tessa Duder’s Alex novels … Although these are works of fiction, they undoubtedly have a strong autobiographical basis in Duder’s experiences as a champion Commonwealth swimmer, and in the convincing detail of the novels’ description of the routines of competition swimming …

Betty Gilderdale