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Bill O'Brien

Bill O’Brien has worked for the New Zealand Police for 35 years as a Fingerprint Expert, travelling around New Zealand attending major crime scenes, which has given Bill a wealth of experience for writing. He also worked as an instructor at the Royal New Zealand Police College and a Senior Sergeant in Charge of Community Policing in Dunedin, where he still lives. Bill began writing at about 45 years of age and thought it would be a great thing to do after he finished his police career. Despite one newspaper review saying he couldn’t write, that only spurred Bill on to try harder and he now has an impressive range of adult and children publications to his name.

Selected bibliography:
  • Unmasked (Lothian Books 2001).
  • Castaway: The Diary of Samuel Abraham Clark, Disappointment Island, 1907 [My Story series] (Scholastic 2006).
  • Space Station (Creative Teaching Press 2009)
  • Blue Adrenalin: Life in the New Zealand Police (Longacre 2010).


Storylines Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki and Friends of Storylines Te Pou o Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki together form New Zealand’s only national organisation working year-round to promote New Zealand children’s and young adult literature through activities that include a major national Story Tour to schools, early childhood centres and communities, and awards for writers, illustrators and those who work in the area of New Zealand children’s literature



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