b.2 Oct 1969

Wellington, New Zealand


David Coventry is an award winning novelist, born in Wellington, New Zealand where he resides on a hill with his wife and cat. A former sound engineer and film archivist, David is the author of the The Invisible Mile, the 2016  winner of the Hubert Church Award for Fiction.

Coventry has a Masters with Distinction in Creative Writing from Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters (2010). In 2001 he completed an Honours degree in English Literature (VUW).

His first novel, The Invisible Mile (2015) re-imagines the 1928 Tour de France. The novel is published in New Zealand by Victoria University Press, in the UK and Commonwealth (ex Can) by Picador UK, and the USA and Canada by Europa Editions. The novel has been translated into Dutch, Hebrew, Spanish, Danish and German.

The Invisible Mile was shortlisted in the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards and was awarded the 2016 Hubert Church Award for Best First Book. David was the 2015 recipient of the Todd New Writer’s Bursary administered by Creative New Zealand and is currently studying for a PhD.