I am an avid reader of fiction with my singular focus of the English novel from 18th c to the present. I am a retired secondary school teacher in English. I have four degrees: B.A and B.A. Hons in History (Victoria University), M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Social Policy/Work (Massey University). I am insatiably curious and passionate about fictional representations of the rich variety of human and societal interaction.