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My novel, What You Wish For: A Gabriel's Bay Story is out in New Zealand and Australia! 

Thanks to my fab readers, my novels have all been #1 bestsellers in New Zealand, and variously published in Germany, Italy and France.


I was born on March 7, a birthday I share with excellent people, including Ranulph Fiennes, Edwin Landseer, Anna Magnani, Rik Mayall, Piet Mondrian, Maurice Ravel, Viv Richards, Lord Snowdon (Mr Princess Margaret), Townes Van Zandt and Rob Roy. I've met none of these people, and not just because most of them are dead, but I did see Townes Van Zandt in concert once, and saw Tim Roth play Rob Roy in a very bad movie.


Wellington born, I've lived in Larkspur, California, and Marlow in Buckinghamshire, Blighty, and now we divide our time between Hawke's Bay and Wellington, taking with us two rescue dogs (Jake and Beanie) and two Burmese cats (Henrietta and Bernadette). I have two grown sons, who occasionally read my books.


Over the years, I’ve been a freelance feature writer for various magazines and newspapers. Right now, I have a regular gig with The NZ Listener – a roundup of contemporary fiction, plus the occasional standalone review and article. I also contribute to New Zealand Books.

I appear regularly on Radio New Zealand’s The Panel, a current affairs discussion show, and Jesse Mulligan’s Book Critic slot. I’m on the Book Awards Trust, and on the board of LitCrawl. I’m also a member of the Academy of New Zealand Literature, founded by Paula Morris.

Photo: Russell Kleyn

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