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Eirlys Hunter

Eirlys Hunter was born in London in 1952 and moved to Wellington in 1983. She studied Original Composition at Victoria University, completing a MA in Creative Writing in 1998. She has had short stories published in Landfall and Sport. Her fantasy trilogy, featuring the character Finn, is very popular. Eirlys has four children, and wrote the Finn stories for her son who was into reading fantasy and playing computer games.

Selected bibliography:
  • The Robber and the Millionaire illustrated by Nobby Clark (Scholastic 1996).
  • The Astonishing Madam Majolica illustrated by Kelvin Hawley (Scholastic 1996).
  • The Quake (Scholastic 1999).
  • The Queen-seekers [Finn’s Quest, book one] (Scholastic 2000).
  • Coldkeep Castle [Finn’s Quest, book two] (Scholastic 2001).
  • The Slave-stealers [Finn’s Quest, book three] (Scholastic 2004).


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