Public Email Website http://glynharper.nz
Glyn is Professor of War Studies at Massey University. He is Massey's Project Manager of 'The Centenary History of New Zealand and the First World War' programme. A former teacher, he joined the Australian Army in 1988 and after eight years transferred to the NZ Army where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was the army's official historian for the deployment to East Timor. Glyn is the author or co-author of more than 16 books on military including Dark Journey: Three Key New Zealand Battles of the Western Front; Images of War: A Photographic Record of New Zealanders at War 1914-1918; Letters from Gallipoli: New Zealand Soldiers Write Home; and most recently Johnny Enzed: The New Zealand Soldier in the First World . The Battles of Monte Cassino: The campaign and its controversies published (2013) will shortly be released in Poland. In 2017, Glyn’s latest book, Turning the Hinge of Fate: the Second Battle of El Alamein: October-November 1942 will be published by Indiana University Press. It will also be released by Massey University Press in November 2017. Glyn also enjoys writing books for children. Le Quesnoy: The Story of the Town New Zealand Saved was released in March 2012 and was given as a gift for young Prince George by the city of Cambridge. Since then he has written three more books for children; Jim’s Letters won the Picture Book category in New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015. Gladys goes to war was released in 2016. Glyn's latest book for children, Bobby the littlest war hero was released in February 2018. Glyn enjoys writing for children as he aims to help the younger generation learn more of their heritage. He has also received a QSM for services to historical research.
- Adult Non-Fiction
- Academic writing
- Long-term placement (schools, universities)
- Manuscript assessment
- Public speaking
- Readings (children/schools)
Massey University Palmerston North
Turning the Hinge of Fate: the Second Battle of El Alamein: October-November 1942
Indiana University Press - to be released 2017
Acts of Valour
Auckland, HarperCollins, 2016. With Colin Richardson. A revised edition of 'In the Face of the enemy' (2007) to include the theft of the medals from the National Army Museum, the Manahi resolution and Willie Apiata's VC.
Johnny Enzed: The New Zealand Soldier in the First World War
Auckland, Exisle Press, 2015. A volume of the Centenary History of New Zealand and the First World War. The stories of the NZ experience in the FWW. From enlistment to their return to NZ. Told using the diaries and letters - many never before published.
The Battles of Monte Cassino. The campaign and its controversies
Auckland, Allen & Unwin, 2013. With John Tonkin-Covell. The Allied forces action in and around Monte Cassino in Italy remain some of the most controversial of the Second World War. To be released in Poland in 2017.
Images of War. New Zealand and the First World War in photographs.
Auckland, HarperCollins Publishers, 2013. A hard cover revised edition of Images of War, World War One, A photographic record of New Zealanders at war 1914-1918 (2008). Photos from the Archives at Waiouru and many never previously published.
Best and Bravest. Kiwis Awarded the Victoria Cross - young adults
With Colin Richardson, Auckland, HarperCollins Publishers, 2016. A revised edition (2006). Includes Willie Apiata and some beautiful illustrations by Colin Richardson.
Books for children
Gladys goes to War, Auckland, Puffin Books, 2016.
Roly the Anzac Donkey, Auckland, Puffin Books, 2015. (Storylines Notable Book Award 2016)
Jim’s Letters, Auckland, Puffin Books, 2014. Winner Picture Book Category New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015.
Le Quesnoy: The Story of the Town New Zealand Saved, Auckland, Puffin Books, 2012. (Storylines Notable Book Award 2013)
My Grandfather’s War, Auckland, Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd, 2007, Reprinted 2007.
A revised edition will be released by Exisle Press in 2017 for the USA, UK and Aust markets.
James the Cat, Christchurch, Christchurch City Libraries, 2007.
The Sky Soldiers, Auckland, Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd, 2005.
The Donkey Man, Auckland, Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd, 2004.
Reprinted 2004 and in 2009 as a Puffin Book.
Reprinted in 2015 as Roly the Anzac Donkey.
Mission to East Timor, Auckland, Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd, 2002. ( Storylines Zealand Notable Books 2003)
Bobby the littlest war hero
Book for children