Jacky Renouf's forbears came from Guernsey. Her father joined the British Army in 1939, whilst her mother evacuated from Guernsey in June 1940. Jacky was born in Chelmsford in 1944. The family returned to Guernsey in 1946 and migrated to New Zealand/ Aotearoa in 1953. Jacky has a Masters Degree from Canterbury University and worked in the social welfare services between 1965 and 2018. She held senior positions in government and the not for profit sector. She wrote numerous academic and social policy papers during her working life.
Jacky believes that families need to know their whakapapa [family lore] and is committed to telling her own inter generational stories. To this end she wrote two family histories as she wants her nine grandchildren and two great grand daughters to know their past.
This is her first novel. She believes that the World War 2 experiences of the Channel Islands residents need to be appreciated as being significantly different to those experienced in the United Kingdom, and need to be remembered in this 75th year since Liberation Day.