Greg McGee

Born in Oamaru, New Zealand, Greg McGee has written for theatre, television and film.

During his university years he played rugby to the highest level, and was twice an All Blacks trialist. His first play, Foreskin’s Lament (1980), drew on rugby culture of the period to comment more broadly on national codes and values. The play had influence far beyond the usual realm of theatre audiences.

Between 1991 and 2007 he wrote primarily for TV, and was twice named Best Drama Writer for documentary dramas about New Zealand politics. He developed, story-edited and wrote or co-wrote most of the 51 episodes of the primetime serial Street Legal, which received the 2003 NZ TV Award for best drama series.

In 2008 he published Tell Tales (Some True), a memoir of his journey from rebellious rugby player to unlikely writer. His first crime novel, Cut & Run, published under the pseudonym Alix Bosco, won the inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award in 2010. He was a finalist the following year with Slaughter Falls.

His first novel published under his own name was Love & Money (2012). He has also written the biography of former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, The Open Side.

His novel The Antipodeans was published in 2015 and longlisted in the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for fiction. It spent 49 weeks in New Zealand's bestseller charts. It will be published in the UK by Lightning Books in 2018.

Greg lives in Auckland.

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