I was born and live in New Zealand to parents of English and Scandinavian background.

I live on Waiheke Island which is a little slice of paradise 30 minutes (by ferry) off the mainland of Auckland.  Waiheke (with its beaches, wineries and rolling countryside) was voted by the Lonely Planet travel guide as ‘Best in Travel 2016’.

I live with my long-term partner Bruce Phillips who is a recognised New Zealand stage, television and film actor.

Apart from the professional reading lists I produce for work, I read (mainly contemporary literary fiction) voraciously and have a library at home that is the envy of many of my friends.

I am also an avid movie and theatre goer. I collect art deco ceramics and old movie posters.  My house is full of them.

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Dr Murray Gadd