About me

I’m a New Zealand writer with over thirty years hands-on professional experience as a published author and in publishing. I’m deeply curious about a lot of stuff, especially the human condition. I have qualifications in writing, music and anthropology among other fields, and hold multiple post-graduate degrees in history. I’m also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society at University College, London.

History is but one of the things I do; I’ve also written on the sciences, engineering and earthquakes. What’s important to me is understanding people, whose story is told by history and by science, sociology and philosophy – aspects of which I learned post-grad under a former student of both Karl Popper and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

I write a lot, mostly non-fiction. My published writing, sold on merit, includes over 550 articles, academic papers, reviews, novellas and short stories, and over 50 books on topics ranging from travel guides to biography, engineering, military and social history. I’ve been published principally by Penguin Random House, Bateman Books, Reed New Zealand and Oratia.

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