Author and Editor



Epic and engrossing, Ocean is a dynamic portrait of New Zealand and the sea. Lying in the middle of a vast ocean, Aotearoa New Zealand was the last habitable land mass in the world to be settled by humans. Our history represents the powerful coming-together of two great seafaring traditions, Polynesian and European.

Ocean tells the stories of pioneers and trail-blazers, from the big names who left their mark on our history to everyday folk whose fates were dictated by time and tide. These stories of ships, sailors and seekers show how our relationship with the sea has been pivotal throughout our history, while the contemporary stories of those whose lives are deeply connected to the ocean bring our maritime past into the now.

about sarah ell

Born and raised on Auckland’s North Shore, Sarah Ell has never lived more than a few kilometres from the ocean. Sarah trained as a newspaper journalist before working in magazines and book publishing, including a stint as editor of Boating New Zealand. She has a Bachelor of Arts in New Zealand history from Massey University and has recently completed a Master of Creative Writing degree at Auckland University.


A lifelong boatie, she has raced a variety of classes from Sunburst dinghies to sportsboats and keelboats. She still lives on the North Shore, with her husband, yacht designer Rob Shaw, their two children, and a growing collection of boats.

Sarah has published nine books: three novels for young adults and a range of non-fiction for children and adults.

Author photo: Will Calver, Ocean Photography

My Books

Adult Non-Fiction

Children's Non-Fiction

YA Fiction

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