I live in Kohukohu on the Hokianga Harbour with my husband Peter and a menagerie of tabby cats and parrots. It’s chaotic but always fun.

Kohukohu is a perfect place to write. There is peace and tranquility, but the Hokianga attracts colourful people with fascinating stories to tell.

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein.

Lesley Curnow’s stories are about everyday miracles - about hope,
friendship, conflict and love.

Drowning in Light Seas

It is New Year's Eve and Leah's Life is falling apart. Her husband, Max, is having multiple affairs and expects her to look the other way.

When she confronts him, he leaves her.

Alone and grief stricken, she stumbles into an online fantasy world where people seem fascinating and sympathetic. Her increasing addiction to this world sends her life spiralling out of control.


A touching story that moves you to another world

This is a touching story that pulls the heart strings but without being gratuitously sentimental. The characters compel you into another world and with each page that world becomes richer and ever more intriguing. A great book and I can't wait to read Lesley's next publication.

Belinda Keeble

Compulsive reading

Drowning in Light Seas is compulsive reading. The story line is one that draws the reader in, with credible characters and realistic scenarios - it could be real life!! I found myself eager to discover the outcome, and was thoroughly entertained along the way. An excellent read.

Lindsey Thomas

An Excellent Read

Curnow's light touch links the everyday struggles of a woman struggling to understand the betrayals of her partner and the world into which he has plunged her. The story links the wildness of an isolated batch on the New Zealand Coast with the mystery and excitement of England. A good read and I really enjoyed the story.

Things We Can’t Untie

What do you do when your world collapses − when the people you love fail you?

Catherine Jennings arrives in a remote New Zealand village hoping to start a new life.

But she drags the past with her, plunging Chris, and his wife Anna, into a nightmare of old secrets and sudden death.

Reviews for the Kindle Edition

Things We Can't Untie - A great read

Wonderful to read a story based in New Zealand, great characters, great story, a page turner, I would highly recommend.

Wendy Bremner

Great Book

This was a very good book. Had me right from the first line. It's a touching book about people and life and relationships. You can almost feel the characters as you're reading.


A great New Zealand voice

I love history and social history in particular. I know NZ history fairly well and write about it myself. This is a modern social history novel, with deep secrets, personal trauma and the difficulties. But it is also a story of love, of friendship or rural, small town New Zealand with all its quirks and interesting characters. It's not a cliched story in any way and things go wrong before the come right and they come right in the most unlikely way. Worth reading.

Vicky Adin

Wonderful and Surprising

I am sure I bought this book for my Kindle simply because of the New Zealand setting, but once I started reading I could not set the story aside. I had no idea where it was going and was surprised at many turns. It is a moving story, with sadness, laughter, romance, sweetness, frustration, an occassional sense of fear about how things will turn out, and hope. The read was a wonderful adventure. I highly recommend it.

Current Projects


A young adult science fiction novel set in a drowned New Zealand, 500 years in the future.


A stand alone sequel to Things we Can’t untie.

Narrow chronicles Catherine’s journey into Finns dark past on a canal boat trip with Fin’s dying father.