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April 23, 2023 at 9:28am

Hi I loved reading the Thieves books in primary school i read them a couple of times over and I’m so annoyed at myself that i don’t have them anymore!! I just remembered them and would love to reread but I seem to remember finding a blog maybe like 8 or so years back now that you were writing a 4th book instalment?? Maybe I am making that up with wishful thinking but I would love to know thanks!! :)

Ella West

April 25, 2023 at 4:17pm

Hi Emily

Yeah, I know. The fourth book. Yes, I did write a draft for it but there is no interest from publishers. Sigh. If you know a Hollywood producer please tell them how cool the books are and we’re get them made and then I’ll be able to get the fourth book published, and a fifth book . . .

Thanks for loving the books – made my day!



March 30, 2023 at 11:15pm

To Ella West


I'm a fan of your book Rain Fall but I do have one question what is the meaning of the book?

Your serenely Tiago :)

Ella West

March 31, 2023 at 1:26pm

Hi Tiago

Great to hear you’re a fan! What is the meaning of the book? I don’t know if books have a meaning. It’s simply a story that is supposed to be enjoyed and show the reader a different world (which I hope it did for you). There are some themes about the consequences of your actions and the fear of having to leave the world you know but I don’t know if that is meaning! If this is for a school English assignment? Please quote me to your teacher that fictional books don’t need to have meanings!

All the best



October 13, 2022 at 4:32pm

Hi Ella, like many, I’m on the hunt for the Thieves trilogy. I’ve been searching high and low in many second hand book stores with no luck - except for today when I managed to find “Anywhere but here”! I first fell in love with the books while in school for our English class and Thieves was the only book I continuously remembered since my school years.
I was wondering if there was going to be a reprint or a ebook version coming out for any of the books in the trilogy?


Kind regards, Jazz :) Auckland.

Ella West

October 14, 2022 at 11:15am

Hi Jazz

Nooooooo. Sorry. No reprint, paper or ebook on the horizon (although I never say never).  If you want copies of Anywhere But Here and Real Life contact the amazing people at UBS (University Book Shop) in Dunedin and they can post them anywhere in the country (or the world). Love that you loved the books – if only you were a film producer (you’re not are you?).



August 14, 2021 at 3:17am

Hi Ella,

I am just another of the many who would love a copy of your book Thieves but after a lot of digging, I have finally accepted that it is out of print.
When I was a teenager, I burned through books daily due to being socially awkward and feeling safe in the library. Thieves was one that I came back to more than once and is one of only a few that I can remember the plot reasonably well! I wrote multiple book reports and essays on it (new english teachers, changed schools) and recommended it to anyone who asked for a book suggestion.
I am an Australian teacher now, nearing the end of my 20s and have finally gotten back into reading books daily due to supporting the librarian at my own school to make recommendations for students.
I have been successful before at finding a favourite book from my teens in a second hand book store, and I'll continue to hope this for Thieves as well.

If you ever need voices to get a reprint, you can have mine.

Thank you for your wonderful books,

Ella West

August 17, 2021 at 9:10am

Hi Meg

Great to hear from you and that Thieves meant so much to you growing up and even now.  So glad you are now a teacher and helping kids find books that they can love too.  Best job in the world.  Stay in touch!

all the best



March 3, 2021 at 2:52am

Hi Ella


I absolutely love your books.My mum bought me Rainfall for one Christmas and i fell in love with it. I read it over and over and then saw Night vision so i got it and just finished reading it it was amazing your my all time favorite author and hope that you will write more books like this

I live in a small town called Balclutha in otago and hope you will be writing back to me

Ella West

March 5, 2021 at 9:24am

Hi Samantha

Great to hear from you.  Balclutha is not far from where I live!  Ask your teacher – I could do a school visit and meet you.  Let me know. 

all the best


Chris Tonkin

December 21, 2020 at 4:25pm

Hi Ella,

My 10 year old girl is so excited to get to read your Trilogy. I have also ordered Rain Fall which will hopefully come in January. At the moment I have ordered No 2 and # of your trilogy but I can not seem to find anywhere with No 1. Can you please help as I really need to get a copy of this first one.

Thanks a lot Chris Tonkin


We are from Geraldton Western Australia

Ella West

December 24, 2020 at 10:12am

Hi Chris

Great to hear from you and loving that your daughter is enjoying my books. Sorry - but the first Thieves books is out of print (I only have a couple of copies myself!) so all I can suggest is the library which should still have a copy. I am working on trying to get a reprint done but not getting very far so apologies. All the best for Christmas.


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Ella West is a multi-award winner teen thriller writer who farms sheep and beef with her husband near Dunedin in the South Island of New Zealand. She likes cooking and gardening but doesn’t like cleaning the bathroom. She occasionally goes trout fishing with her family and they hate her when she catches a fish and they don’t. Her chickens keep getting out and destroying her garden. In other words, life is tough.

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I lived in Westport for about 15 years after I graduated from university. I went there for my first fulltime job and fell in love with the place. When I went back a few years ago for an author tour, a pupil at one of my talks asked me why I hadn’t written a book set in Westport and I didn’t have an answer. So I wrote this book.

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