Don Donovan


Don Donovan was made in England in 1933 but has lived in New Zealand since 1960.

He spent 42 years in advertising, his career terminating when he and fellow agency shareholders sold out to FCB Chicago in 1990. Since then has spent his time writing more than a score of published books, and a large output of print media articles. He occasionally joins the panel on Jim Mora’s ‘Afternoons’ programme on national Radio New Zealand.

So-called retirement has allowed him to travel both at home and overseas - especially to northern Italy - on several occasions. On those trips he has made notes of experiences shared with his wife, Patricia, family members and other friends.

He has written and/or illustrated over twenty books. His most recent books are: ‘Antipasto’ a random selection of writings, drawings and photographs mainly from visits to Tuscany; and ‘Little Donny’s Bedside Book’ a collection of articles published in newspapers, magazines and blogs over the last twenty years. Both of these books are available from and may be found by entering ‘Don Donovan’ in its search box.

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Second Bite
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 78,110. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Based on an unsolved true crime,'Second Bite' explores the warped sexual fantasies of the prime suspect and the extreme stresses on the murder team which nearly result in the death of leader DCI Paul Perry; the early use of DNA profiling; police entrapment; romance and a continuous search through a labyrinth of luck and dogged detection that takes us from England to Australia to New Zealand.

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