Dame Fiona Kidman penned a novelisation of Jean Batten’s life as a pioneering aviator, The Infinite Air. The French pilot was the first to cruise solo from England to New Zealand in 1936. There are a handful of novelists and children’s authors who are prominent Down Under, but lack international recognition. Amongst them, Janet Frame resided in London for seven years in the late 1950s. These years were the most profitable in terms of publication, making her one of the few known NZ writers outside her country’s borders.
Margaret Mahy, a well-known children’s and young adult’s author, was recognised widely in Britain throughout the years up until her death, and thereafter. She was awarded with the Carnegie Medal. Praised in her country for her international recognition and work, today there is an award named after her which is presented to anyone who has made a significant contribution to children’s literature whether it is through writing or publishing.