Penny Griffith was born in England but emigrated to New Zealand in 1987.


She graduated BA Hons at University of Canterbury in 2005. This book grew from an MA thesis on pacifism and the Baxter family. She moved to Wellington in 2011 after Christchurch was devastated by numerous earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 and was finally able to finish the book on what she thought was more stable ground – a major quake struck Wellington in November 2016; this one, thankfully, with no loss of life.


She lives with her dog ‘Bollie’ close to the city centre, on top of a large hill overlooking Cook Strait between the country’s two main islands. After writing, her great passion is travelling the world, whenever the bank balance allows it.