Short story writer. Born Christchurch.
Crime writer and dramatist.
Also born Christchurch 1895, died there 1982 (86 years).
Detective hero: Inspector Roderick Alleyne of Scotland Yard.
Great etymologist of English.
Born 1894 near Gisborne. Lived most of his life in Britain and died 1979.
Was in the RAF during the war and studied RAF slang, of which there was a lot.
His novel of the future, Erewhon (Nowhere) is usually regarded as english literature, but the landscape is based on his 4 years spent in Canterbury province 1870-4 on a sheep farm.