Sarah Gaitanos is the author of The Violinist: Clare Galambos Winter, Holocaust Survivor (VUP 2011), 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 saw the publication by VUP of her latest biography about human rights advocate and trail-blazing lawyer,  Shirley Smith: An Examined Life.

Sarah’s biographies have all been for her journeys of discovery. All bring to the fore aspects of social, political and cultural history from the varying viewpoints of their subjects. All seek to convey the human strengths and frailties of their remarkable subjects who, each in her own way, left a significant legacy.

So too does her latest project, a biography of Brigadier Reginald Miles, CBE, DSO & Bar, MC, 1892–1943. This book is about a gunner, a regular soldier, distinguished hero of two world wars, Commander of the Royal Artillery in the second, and in the words of his divisional artillery sergeant-major, Charles Dennistoun-Wood,  ‘our ideal of all that one who commands men should be’. It’s also about a devoted son, husband, father of five, lover, observer of people, events and the politics that shaped them.

With great collaboration from members of the New Zealand Artillery Heritage Trust who commissioned the biography, and from the family of Miles whose well-organised collection of letters, diaries and memoirs form the heart of the biography, this project is proving engaging, challenging and rewarding.

Sarah’s earlier freelance writing reflected wide interests. She regularly published travel writing, features on the arts, urban and landscape design and architecture. She also published children’s readers. Her work as an oral historian has long been an important part of her work, 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.