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Eve Sutton

Eve Sutton (1906–1992) was born in England. She and her husband and two sons moved to New Zealand in 1949. Eve taught primary school in England from 1927 until 1931 and came to writing after working as a Braille transcriber – she wrote an article detailing her experiences. This was published – and she was paid for it – but other submissions were rejected.
Eve’s career took off when a cousin suggested they write a children's picture book together. That cousin was Lynley Dodd and the book, My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes, is now a New Zealand classic.
Eve's experiences as an emigrant led her to wonder about what life was like for earlier emigrants to New Zealand – resulting in a series of novels about this subject. Eve wrote one book with a girl as the main character, Skip for the Huntaway, but had to set it in modern times, as girls didn't have very adventurous lives in the colonial period.

Selected bibliography:
  • My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes illustrated by Lynley Dodd (Hamish Hamilton 1973).
  • Green Gold illustrated by Paul Wright (Hamish Hamilton 1976).
  • Johnny Sweep illustrated by Paul Wright (Hamish Hamilton 1977).
  • Tuppenny Brown illustrated by Paul Wright (Hamish Hamilton 1977).
  • Moa Hunter illustrated by Bernard Brett (Hamish Hamilton 1978).
  • Surgeon's Boy illustrated by Fiona Kelly (Mallinson Rendel/Ashton Scholastic 1983).
  • Skip for the Huntaway illustrated by Ernest Papps (Price Milburn 1983).
  • Kidnapped by Blackbirders illustrated by Fiona Kelly (Mallinson Rendel 1984).
  • Valley of Heavenly Gold illustrated by Doss (Mallinson Rendel 1987).


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