Joe Bocker was born in Edinburgh in Scotland in 1955. A science graduate of St Andrew’s University in Scotland, he taught science for 14 years in secondary schools in Edinburgh before emigrating to New Zealand with his young family in 1994.
Married with three daughters, he taught in New Zealand before setting up a Kindergarten. After his daughters left for university, Joe turned part of the home into a guest house and enjoyed sharing his love of New Zealand with guests from all over the world. Meg, his wife, is a GP, and together they decided on a change of lifestyle and took to travelling around, taking up short-term locum positions.
This change of life allowed Joe to experiment with writing. Scars is his second full-length novel. Earwig, his first, has proved to be very popular, as have his two shorter humorous books, The iWedding and The Bloomin’ Club.
Gordon is drifting alone in the bustling city of Auckland; grieving and lacking motivation, he receives a mysterious phone call from an elderly aunt asking him to come and visit. Reluctantly, but with no better plan, he agrees and travels to Ngawai, a dying little town on the west coast of the North...