Neville and Casey sharing an ice cream on Noosa Main Beach.

Neville Mills was born in South Africa at a very young age. After four years in England, he and his wife, Merope settled in Sydney in 1981. He was involved in executive recruitment for 27 years in Johannesburg, London and Sydney. He founded Maxim Executive Search in 1982 and sold the company in 2003. He moved from Sydney to Queensland and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Griffith University in 2007, majoring in writing. The Humphrey Hatt Letters, was published in 1998 and re-printed in 2010. He has written two children’s books, Snowybright and the Eight Dwarfs (2010) and Ralph, Buster and the World’s First Dogathlon (2012). Two further books – The Curious Letters of Mervyn Mudal (2015) and Fifty Funnies from Mervyn Mudal (2017). His latest book is Addictive Nine-Letter Word Puzzles.  He has been considered for neither the Children’s Laureate Award nor the Booker Prize, but did win the Under 11 Sack Race at his Primary School sports day.