Bernard Beckett has a degree in Economics, and has taught in the Wellington region for several years. He has published ten books, and has won many awards for his fiction.
In 2006 Bernard was awarded a New Zealand
Science, Mathematics and Technology Teacher
Fellowship where he worked on a project examining
DNA mutations. This new direction led to the
publication of Genesis in 2006, which won the Young
Adult Category in the 2007 NZ Post Book Awards.
In 2008 the book made publishing history when UK
publisher Quercus Books offered the largest advance
ever put forward for a young adult novel in New
Zealand. The novel, also published in Australia and the UK is to be published – at this date
– in the following countries:
Brazil, Canada, Catalan, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Korea, Norway, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain & USA.
Bernard’s fascination for science also led to Falling for Science: Asking the Big Questions (2007), his non-fiction exploration of the relationship between story-telling and science.
In May 2009 Bernard flew to London for the launch of Genesis, and also appeared at the Hay Festival in Wales. The Festival programme states that ‘Beckett’s Genesis creates a world where just what it means to be human is up for debate’.
Bernard currently lives in Wellington with his wife, Clare Knighton (co-author of Deep Fried.)
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