Sarah Gaitanos is the author of The Violinist: Clare Galambos Winter, Holocaust Survivor (VUP 2011), and Nola Millar: A Theatrical Life (VUP 2006), and co-author with Allan Bollard of bestseller, Crisis: One Central Governor and the Global Financial Collapse (AUP 2010). May 2019 sees the publication by VUP of her latest biography, Shirley Smith: An Examined Life.

Overshadowed in the public mind by her high profile husband, public economist Dr W. B. Sutch, trailblazing lawyer Shirley Smith was herself a force for change in areas of justice and human rights. In 2011 Sarah received a Creative New Zealand Arts Grant to carry out initial research for this subject. She was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in 2012 to continue research in Europe and the United States. She was the J. D. Stout Fellow for 2013, since when she has been a resident scholar at the Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington. In 2015 she received a research grant from the New Zealand Law Foundation to research Shirley Smith’s legal practice from 1961 to 1989.

While she now specialises in biography, Sarah’s earlier freelance writing reflected wide interests. She regularly published travel writing, features on the arts, urban and landscape design and architecture; also children’s readers. Her work as an oral historian has been integral to her writing, as has her photography.

Sarah is married to Dimitrios (Taki) and they have three adult sons and four grandchildren. She is a long-term member of the Orpheus Choir of Wellington.