David Coventry was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1969. He travelled extensively as a musician and sound engineer in his twenties before studying for a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English Literature and Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. In 2010, he completed his first (unpublished) novel under the tutelage of Damien Wilkins at Victoria's Institute of Modern Letters, graduating with his Master of Arts in English Literature (Creative Writing) in 2011.

His first novel, The Invisible Mile, imagines the 1926 Tour de France from the point of view of a fictional New Zealand cyclist amid a factual team hailing from New Zealand and Australia, the first ever English-speaking team to enter the race. The novel was first published by Victoria University Press in June, 2015. It is due to come out in Picador UK in mid-2016, along with translations in The Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Israel. A North American publication of the book is due to come out in 2017 through Atlas Contact.

David is working full-time on his next novel. He lives in Wellington with his wife and their cat.