Hilary Low has a degree in English literature and a postgraduate qualification in librarianship from Victoria University of Wellington. She returned some years later to study German, and travelled to Germany on a Goethe Institut language scholarship. She has worked as a professional librarian in special and academic libraries, and for some years now as a freelance adviser and project manager in the government sector and on a diverse range of community projects. Pushing His Luck is her first book. Arising out of this project, she has transcribed the little-known manuscript 'The Westland Goldfields, from the Diary of William Smart' for publication.