Since childhood Ray Grover has regarded novels and history essentially as stories about people. Eventually, after publishing Another Manís Role a novel about a Korean War veteran ó he wrote Cork of War, an account of Maori/settler conflict. Although presented in fictional form, it won the New Zealand Non-fiction Award in 1983. New Zealand: a Bibliography, a product of twenty years with the Turnbull Library, won him a New Zealand Library Association award. He also received an Anzac Fellowship to identify New Zealand historical materials held in Australia.
Ray Grover has been Chief Archivist of Archives New Zealand and a Trustee of the National Library of New Zealand. Since his retirement as Chief Archivist of Archives New Zealand he has held advisory positions relating to New Zealandís history. Currently he is the Honorary Archivist of the New Zealand Army Museum and is writing a sequel to March to the Sound of the Guns.