Authors & Illustrators

Matt McILraith

A former editor of the national rugby weekly Rugby News and the author of three previous titles, McILraith gained his introduction to the game as a child through the exploits of Robbie Deans and his Canterbury team-mates during...

Donovan Bixley

Donovan Bixley is an illustrator and designer. His design company, Magma Design, is based in Taupo. Donovan has illustrated more than 100 stories and book covers as well as over 50 books. He has also written and illustrated hal...

Murray Ball

Murray Ball is the author and illustrator of one of New Zealand's best-known cartoon strips, ‘Footrot Flats’.

Phil Gifford

Phil Gifford has won nine New Zealand and two Australasian radio awards, has twice been judged New Zealand sportswriter of the year and three times New Zealand sports columnist of the year.


Paddy Richardson

Paddy Richardson is the author of five novels, The Company of a Daughter, A Year to Learn a Woman, Hunting Blind, Traces of Red, Cross Fingers and her latest from Upstart Press, Swimming in the Dark, as well as two collections ...

Ron Palenski

Ron Palenski is a historian and author and among the most recognised authorities on sport and military history in New Zealand.

Geoff Miller

Geoff Miller is one of New Zealand’s foremost rugby historians and statisticians, and statistician for the New Zealand Rugby Union. He joined Clive Akers in 1999 to work on the Rugby Almanack published by Upstart Press under ...

Richard Hoit

Richard Hoit is a freelance illustrator with a passion for drawing and painting. He works full time on children’s book illustrations and his work appears worldwide. Richard has worked with Joy Cowley on numerous book proj...


Adrian Hill

Adrian Hill is one of New Zealand’s foremost rugby historians and has joined the team of Clive Akers and Geoff Miller as co-author of the 2016 Rugby Almanack published by Upstart Press under their Mower imprint. He lives in H...

Clive Akers

Clive Akers is one of New Zealand’s foremost rugby historians and statisticians, and author of over 16 books on New Zealand sport.