Over the past three decades I have written hundreds of partwork articles on a diverse range of topics, from aardvarks to art. I’ve also written more than a dozen non-fiction books, for private clients and for publishers including Blackwell & Ruth, Penguin Random House NZ, Dorling Kindersley, Heinemann and New Holland. Here is a selection.
Red Power: 175 years of Case IH tractors in New Zealand (Imagination Press, 2018). I wrote the text and took many of the photographs for this commemorative corporate book. The client engaged me to travel New Zealand from top to bottom and interview farmers, contractors and tractor enthusiasts.
Endangered by Tim Flach (Blackwell & Ruth / Abrams, 2017). I wrote the back-stories in this massive-format photographic work. Lyrically charged essays by Sam Wells punctuate the photography, while my ‘thumbnail’ texts carry the detail behind each species’ circumstances in the wild. The writing, stretching over a couple months, required an intensive period of research into each animal to distil the information into powerful stories.
Starship: Inside our national children’s hospital (Random House, 2014). I ghostwrote this title, working closely with the editor, oncologist Lochie Teague, and other staff from the hospital. It provided a fascinating insight into a world that, frankly, most people hope never to see. Having had a short-run printing, the book is no longer available from the publisher but can be found online.
Rail: 150 years of rail in New Zealand (Penguin Books NZ, 2014). I wrote and picture-researched this big, glossy hardback, and had the luxury of a long shopping list of images to dig out from various archives around the country.
Landmarks of New Zealand
Wildflowers of New Zealand
Wildlife of New Zealand
(New Holland Publishers NZ, 2010/11/12). These are three pictorial books by leading NZ photographer Rob Suisted to which I contributed text and captions. Rob runs an excellent photo library of New Zealand nature.
Incredible Inventions (Hungry Tomato, 2019). Four titles written for children aged 7–9, covering great inventions through history: All About Light, Let’s Communicate, Making the Modern World, On the Move.
Record-breaking Bugs (Hungry Tomato, 2018). Four titles written for children aged 7–9, covering interesting invertebrates: Flying Insects, Magnificent Mini Bugs, Super Spiders, Amazing Insects.
Below are samples of my writing for partworks. The first piece was one of a hundred that I contributed to a collection on masterpieces of western art. The second was for a 3D-printing publication, which was so successful that they commissioned an extension to the series. At a rough count, I have written 300,000 words’ worth of partwork articles.