Elspeth Sandys was born in Timaru, New Zealand and educated at Otago and Auckland Universities. She moved to the UK in 1969. She has published 9 novels ('River Lines' was long listed for the Orange prize in 1996), two collections of short stories ('Standing in Line' won the Pen International, Elena Garro prize in 2003) and has written extensively for the BBC and RNZ. She has also worked in film and tv. Her stage plays have been performed in the UK and NZ. Elspeth recently published a fictional memoir titled 'What Lies Beneath'. A sequel, ‘Casting Off’ will be published in September 2017. Her latest novel, ‘Obsession', was published in March 2017. Elspeth has held a number of literary fellowships and residencies, and in 2006 was awarded the ONZM for services to literature. She now lives in New Zealand.
This is my story of the man, Rewi Alley – family member, writer, humanitarian, activist and unwitting myth-maker. It is also the story of his relationship with a country, China, about which I now know enough to acknowledge how little I know.
To be published July 2019.
Wellington Book launch at Unity Books July 24, 6 pm. Book to be launched by former Ambassador to China John McKinnon.RNZ Kim Hill interview Saturday July 27
Going West Festival Titirangi Auckland Sunday Sept 8