Author Tony Walsh was born in Preston England and moved to New Zealand with his family at the age of 13 in 1952. As a young man teaching in country schools around New Zealand he developed a great love for the bush, for hunting and fishing and for the curious characters that fill the isolated corners of this country with adventure. Following his marriage in 1969, he continued exploring backcountry places with his wife and eventually 5 children who also developed a love of the New Zealand bush. He spent a number of years as a consultant for NZ Foreign Affairs in the remotest of villages in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea setting up language nests and helping/advising in local village schools.
Now retired with his loving wife in Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty, he spends his days fishing, entertaining the grandchildren, reminiscing and writing. He is also an avid fly fisherman and fly tyer.