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Errol Freeman Brathwaite MNZM (3 April 1924 – 4 December 2005) was a New Zealand author.


Born in Waipukurau, Hawke's Bay in 1924, Brathwaite was educated at Timaru Boys' High School. He served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force as an air gunner in the Pacific in the latter part of World War II. He married Alison Whyte in 1948 and after a period in the army he began working in advertising.[1]

In 1959, his first book, Fear in the Night, was published. He later became a full-time writer. He wrote over 30 books and numerous radio plays.[1]

In the 2001 New Year Honours Brathwaite was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature.[2]

He died in Christchurch in 2005[1] and was buried in Avonhead Cemetery.[3]


Brathwaite wrote many New Zealand books, including:

  • Fear in the Night
  • An Affair of Men
  • The Flame Box
  • The Flying Fish
  • The Evil Day
  • The Needle's Eye

Pilot on the run


  1. ^ a b c "Teller of yarns". The Press. 10 December 2005. p. 19.
  2. ^ "New Year honours list 2001". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 30 December 2000. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Christchurch City Council cemeteries database". Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 17 April 2014.