Ward, Gareth

Ward, Gareth

Information

residence
Hawke's Bay
Primary publisher
Walker Books Australia
Rights enquiries
Linsay.Knight@walkerbooks.com.au
Publicity enquiries
Maraya.Bell@walkerbooks.com.au
Website
http://garethwardauthor.com/

In Brief

Gareth Ward is not your average author. He has been a police officer, royal marine commando, magician, hypnotist and a zombie. Gareth is an author and the owner of two independent bookshops. Gareth’s first novel, The Traitor and the Thief, won the Storylines Tessa Duder award in 2016 and was published through Walker Books Australia. The sequel, The Clockill and the Thief, was published in 2019. Gareth won the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Youth Novel, received a 2018 Storylines Notable Book Award, has been a finalist in two categories at The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and made New Zealand Listener’s Top 50 Book list in 2017.

Ward, Gareth (grew up in the town of Banbury in the UK, where he studied and received his joint honours in Biology and Computer Science at the University of York. Gareth is an author and the owner of two independent bookshops, Wardini Books and Wardini Books Napier. He also goes by The Great Wardini. He wrote and hosted the steampunk murder mystery weekend in Napier.

Gareth’s first novel, The Traitor and the Thief, won the Storylines Tessa Duder award in 2016 and was published through Walker Books Australia. The Traitor and the Thief is a young adult steampunk novel, NZ Herald’s review said, “There are shades of Oliver Twist, James Bond and Harry Potter in there, all seamlessly combined to make for an adrenalin-filled escapade.” The Traitor and the Thief made New Zealand Listener’s Top 50 Book list in 2017, won the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Youth Novel, received a 2018 Storylines Notable Book Award and was a finalist in two categories at 2018 The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

And if The Traitor and the Thief leaves readers craving more, they can find salvation in Gareth’s follow up novel in the series, The Clockill and the Thief. To celebrate its release, Gareth held The Clockill’s Ball at the Havelock North Function Centre on the 27th of July 2019, a steampunk themed ball to mirror the world of The Traitor and the Thief series. The event offered the chance for children under 17 dressed in Steampunk outfits to potentially have a character named after them in a future novel.

In his interview with NZ Booklovers Gareth said of The Clockill and the Thief, “I love the characters in this book, they are my friends. It was such a pleasure to go on another adventure with them. They have taken on a life of their own and constantly surprise me.”

Links

Gareth's Twitter

Gareth's Facebook

Gareth's Instagram

NZ Book Council Interview

NZ Booklovers Review of The Clockill and the Thief

Booksellers NZ Review of The Traitor and the Thief

NZ Herald Reveiw of The Traitor and the Thief

Updated March 2018.