Jack Lasenby is one of New Zealand’s best loved storytellers and children’s writers. His work is imbued with a love of his country and a deep sense of what it is to be a New Zealander.
He was born in Waharoa in the Waikato, a small town which is the setting for many stories based on events in his childhood. He had a varied career as a deer culler and possum hunter, teacher, editor of the School Journal and lecturer at Wellington Teachers’ College before starting to write full time in 1987.
His books cover a wide range of genres, from adventure stories set in the past, present and future to tall tales and fantasy. Some of his unforgettable characters include yarn-spinning Uncle Trev, indomitable Aunt Effie and Harry Wakatipu, the talking horse.