Non Fiction

Our Incredible Dogs

Our Incredible Dogs

The story behind the book Once you start looking, it’s surprising how often you come across a dog statue or sculpture. There are statues of other creatures too: a kiwi at Otorohanga, a bull at Bulls, a cow and calf at Matamata, sheep in Hunterville, a crayfish at Kaikoura, trout at Gore and salmon at…

Antarctic Journeys

Antarctic Journeys

The story behind the book A few years ago, I was lucky enough to travel to Scott Base and McMurdo Sound with Antarctica New Zealand. You can read the blog of my trip here. Going to Antarctica was an amazing experience and I have thought about it almost every day since then. It is beautiful…

The New Zealand Wars

The New Zealand Wars

The story behind the book This is a book that grew out of other books I’ve worked on. After learning about World War One for my Anzac Day and Armistice Day books, I realised that I knew very little about the wars fought actually in this country. I went to school in New Plymouth but…

Armistice Day: The New Zealand Story

Armistice Day: The New Zealand Story

Reviews “Good non-fiction titles are rare these days but I am pleased to say that this is one of the very good ones for students of all ages…The history is illustrated with superb photographs, newspaper articles, diary entries, maps and opinions from celebrated people. History doesn’t get any better than this.” Thanks to Bobs Books…

Waitangi Day: The New Zealand Story

Waitangi Day: The New Zealand Story

Our flight from Auckland to Kerikeri was cancelled so we had to go by bus instead. By the time we finally got there, we had missed almost a day of our three-day photo expedition, but it wasn’t possible to take any photos that day anyway, and a lot of the historic sites, like the Stone…

Top Secret

Top Secret

The story behind the book This was a fascinating book to write because I found out so much interesting stuff that I hadn’t known before. The agents recruited by the SOE were sometimes quite ordinary people, but they ended up doing extraordinary things. They faced real danger all the time. The publishers asked me to…

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