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What You Wish For: A Gabriel's Bay Story 

out now in New Zealand and Australia! 

“The writing pretends to be laid-back, but it’s deeply accomplished and shot through with humour and emotional intelligence. There’s a sense that you’re in clever, safe hands. That the next page will be just as tight and funny as the last one.”

Catherine Woulfe, NZ Listener

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 many excellent humans, 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.


I’m a freelance contributor and book reviewer for The Spinoff, the NZ Listener, Newsroom, Landfall and the Academy of NZ Literature, and the much missed New Zealand Books. 

I also teach creative writing in prisons with the Write Where You Are team, and I'm a regular on Radio New Zealand’s The Panel, a current affairs discussion show, and Jesse Mulligan’s Book Critic slot. 


I chaired the Wellington branch of the NZSA for four years, was the NZSA rep on the Book Awards Trust for two years, and am currently on the board of Verb Wellington. I’m also a member of the Academy of New Zealand Literature, founded by Paula Morris.


Bernie and Hetty
Beanie and Jake
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© 2019 Catherine Robertson

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