War Stories

This is Where I Stand

This is Where I Stand

A highlight for me was being able to attend the Anzac Day service at the foot of the Untidy Soldier statue while I was on the Easter residency at the Michael King Writers’ Centre on Takarunga Mt Victoria in 2019. Many Anzac services around the country had been cancelled in the aftermath of the Christchurch…

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…

Best Mates

Best Mates

The Illustrator Bob Kerr is a painter and award-winning illustrator, known for his depiction of Terry and the Gunrunners in the 1970s series written by Stephen Ballantyne. His book After the War published by Mallinson Rendell in 2000 was a finalist in the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards and winner of the Russell Clark Award for…

Lighthouse Family

Lighthouse Family

The story behind the book I’ve been fascinated for a long time by the idea of lighthouses, and what it must have been like to live on a lighthouse station. Then some research I was doing for another piece of writing led me to the story of the Niagara, sunk by mines off the Northland…

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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