Marilyn Duckworth was born in Otahuhu in 1935. She is the author of many novels – her first, A Gap in the Spectrum, was published in 1959 and her most recent, Playing Friends, in 2007 – as well as collections of short fiction and poetry. She has also written extensively for radio. Duckworth has received many distinguished accolades throughout her career and in 1987 she was awarded an OBE for Services to Literature. Her memoir, Camping on the Faultline, was published in 2000. In 2016 Duckworth was awarded a Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement for fiction.