Patricia Grace has published six novels and seven short story collections, as well as a number of books for children, and non-fiction. She won the New Zealand Fiction Award for Potiki in 1987, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2001 with Dogside Story. Patricia Grace was born in Wellington and lives in Plimmerton on ancestral land, in close proximity to her home marae at Hongoeka Bay.
Her latest book Chappy, is her first novel in ten years. He tells the story of a young man piecing together the history of his Maori family.