David is a British-born geographer, environmental scientist, writer and poet.
After a career in academia in England, during which he published widely, he moved to New Zealand in 2009. He now lives in Mapua, near Nelson, where he devotes himself to creative writing, in the company of his wife and their two dogs.
His debut novel, The Direction of Our Fear, was published in September 2016, by New Zealand publishers, BMS Books Ltd . By the Tracks We Leave, written earlier, was recently reissued through KDP, and is available via Amazon.
His most recent novel, The Claim, was published by UK publishers RedDoor in 2019. The book was long-listed for the Michael Gifkins Prize in 2018, and has been short-listed for the 2020 NZ Booklovers Award.
Several of his poems have also been published, and have won prizes for poetry both internationally and in New Zealand. Reflections, a collection of poems and photographs compiled with photographer JF Robert, was published by The CopyPress in December 2020.