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.
On track for publication of Over all the Roads of China: Searching for Rewi Alley in April 2019.
Photo is of the Alley family group at the home of Madame Sun Yet Sen in Beijing. Madame Sen, known as the Mother of the Revolution, was a close friend of Rewi's. To find out more you’ll have to read the book!