Born in Christchurch, Glyn Harper is Professor of War Studies at Massey University in Palmerston North. A former teacher, he joined the Australian Army in 1988 and then transferred to the New Zealand Army, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Glyn was the army's official historian of the deployment to East Timor and is the author of more than 14 adult non-fiction books. Glyn has also written a number of children’s books, including in 2012 Le Quesnoy (pronounced ‘Le con wah’), and Jim’s Letters (2014).
In 2012 he was awarded Queens Service Medal for services to historical research.
Mission to East Timor (Reed 2002).
The Sky Soldiers illustrated by Warren Mahy (Reed 2005)
Best and Bravest: Kiwis Awarded the Victoria Cross with Colin Richardson (HarperCollins 2006)
My Grandfather’s War
illustrated by Bruce Potter
- Le Quesnoy: The Story of the Town New Zealand Saved illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Puffin 2012)
- Jim’s Letters illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Puffin 2014)
- Roly the Anzac Donkey illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Puffin 2015)
- Gladys goes to War illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Penguin 2016).
Storylines Notable Book Awards for 2003 for Mission to East Timor
Storylines Notable Book Awards for 2013 for Le Quesnoy. The story of the town New Zealand saved (illustrated by Jenny Cooper)
Storylines Notable Book Awards for 2015 for Jim's Letters (illustrated by Jenny Cooper)
LIANZA Children's Book Awards for 2015 finalist for Jim's Letters
New Zealand Book Awards 2015, winner of picture book category for Jim's Letters
- Storylines Notable Book Awards 2016 for Roly the Anzac Donkey
- Storylines Notable Book Awards 2016 for Gladys goes to War
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