Robert Philip Bolton

Biography

I was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1945.

After a successful career in the advertising business I began freelance writing in 1983 and have been a self-employed writer ever since.

Gradually I reduced my commercial writing and for the last few years have dedicated myself to my own work, preferring to write fiction mostly (but not only) about New Zealand and New Zealanders.

I love all good writing from all eras; my biggest influences have been Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield for their insights and purity of text, Lytton Strachey for his precision and clarity, and Beatrix Potter for her charm. Other favourites include Shakespeare, of course, Colette, Fitzgerald, Forster, Hemmingway, Isherwood, Joyce, Milne, Waugh and many others.

My other interests lie firmly in the arts: art, music, opera, ballet and the theatre. On the other hand I also love rugby league and have supported the New Zealand Warriors since their foundation in 1995. I enjoy gardening and playing the saxophone.

My wife, who is also a writer, and I live in Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Books

The Dolphin and other stories
You set the price! Words: 51,210. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: November 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literary collections » Australian & Oceanian
The Dolphin is a collection of seventeen short stories of New Zealanders placed, for one reason or another, in countries as diverse as France, Italy, Germany and the United States as well as at home in New Zealand.
Nana's Special Day and other stories
You set the price! Words: 41,610. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: November 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literary collections » Australian & Oceanian
Nana’s Special Day is a collection of fifteen short stories set in Auckland, New Zealand, at various times and places, and written from a uniquely New Zealand point of view.
For Viktor. The story of Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition'.
You set the price! Words: 7,490. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
Based on fact, and historically accurate, 'For Viktor' is written in Modest Mussorgsky’s own voice as he guides a young companion around the picture exhibition held in honour of his friend Viktor Hartman at the Academy of Artists in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in 1874. It was this exhibition which inspired Mussorgsky to write the suite of music he called 'Pictures at an Exhibition'.
The Tapu Garden of Eden
You set the price! Words: 28,560. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: October 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Like 'The Whalerider', with which it has been favourably compared, this is a simple but compelling story from New Zealand with mystical qualities from a Maori cultural perspective. Fast paced and timeless, it joins generations, cultures and worlds in a spine-tingling, enriching story of community, love, people, pets and the natural world and leaves the reader feeling better for having read it.
Quickies
You set the price! Words: 20,750. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literary collections » Australian & Oceanian
An entertaining collection of forty miniature short stories from this popular New Zealand author. Each story contains just five-hundred words and can therefore be read in just two or three minutes.

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