Markham is a third generation New Zealander born in Tauranga in 1932, . When the family home burned down in 1934 Markham's parents decided to move to Maungawhai in the north of Auckland to buy a new farm; after that they shifted to Auckland because Markham's father needed further surgery for wounds sustained at the battle of Gallipoli during WW1.
Markham left school in 1947 and indentured as a cabinet making apprentice. Later he worked in carpentry and furniture making in both New Zealand and Australia.
After enlisting in the army in 1959, he went to Malaya from 1959 - 61 for military service. During this time he took part in the celebratory march through Kuala Lumpur at the end of the "Malayan Emergency".
Back in civvies life, he took training as a woodwork teacher after which he worked in Australian and New Zealand schools, serving a two-year contract at a trades training college in New Guinea. He left teaching in 1986 and set up a business to design and make hand crafted furniture.
With his wife Louise and poodle Princess Xena, he now lives on Waiheke Island, 30 minutes from Auckland and practices his art of writing in between taking care of their pet poodle, wine and beer making and a little wood carving. Markham and Louise also pursue their joint interest in travelling to exotic destinations.
A Soldier’s Story of Expat Living
Harry Weston thinks he has finished his military career and is set to settle down in New Zealand.
His girlfriend is killed in a car crash and his world changes. Back in the military he is sent on a mission to Hong Kong to try and prevent Kiwi forces going to Vietnam.
The mission fails, as does his first attempt at love after the earlier tragedy.
Young people caught up in a tsunami off New Zealand are forced deep into tunnels they find located at the bottom of a cliff.
Trapped inside the tunnels and not realising that the tunnels are controlled by a higher form of alien intelligence, they try to find a way out.
But that is not what the aliens have planned, they are now part of an experiment that will decide the fate of the human race.
This is a story that takes you on a journey into the rain forests of Malaya at the end of the Malayan Emergency, a conflict that took place over a twelve year period just after the end of the Second World War. It started in 1948 and ended in 1960. Vince Tanner is the main character, a soldier in the New Zealand army who was seconded to Malaya for the emergency after he enlisted with the Kiwi Army.