Philip Temple has been described as the most versatile writer in NZ. He has written eight novels, some of which have been published overseas and he has won awards both here and elsewhere for his children's books, historical biographies and TV documentaries. He has also published photographic books, political works and walking track guides. Among various fellowships, Philip Temple has been the Robert Burns Fellow at the University of Otago, Katherine Mansfield Fellow at Menton and held the Creative NZ Berlin Writers Residency. In 2005 he was given a Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement.