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Born in England in 1946, I moved to New Zealand with my parents and older brother at the age of four and, apart from five years in my late twenties spent traveling the globe, have lived here ever since. After a fairly rudimentary education, I found work as an Architectural Designer and this became a life-long occupation. I started writing late in 2006.
The books I write are intended in the first instance to tell a good story and secondly " once the tale is told " to leave the reader with something to ponder. To this end, all my stories attempt to provide an original take on some commonly held belief, be it cultural, social or scientific.
Being a fan of both science fiction and classic murder mysteries, these tend to be common themes, with elements of both often combined in a single story.
As a person who likes to read a book in a single sitting, I limit each work to around forty-five or fifty thousand words. Unfashionable I know, but it's what I prefer.
Two of my books were shortlisted for the 2009 Sir Julius Vogel Awards - Best Adult Novel for both Mindset & Antithesis, plus Best New Talent.
If you'd like to know more, please visit my website.
on July 30, 2010 :
TIME OUT is a great read for scifi fans and mystery fans alike. Whitaker plays with the idea of a popular urban myth in a compelling and entertaining way by creating believable characters and offering a satisfying ending. The story is suitable for a general audience and highly recommended. Oh, and Whitaker is a nominee for the prestigious Sir Julius Vogel Award, so you know you're getting quality work by a quality writer.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)