Stephen Johnson is an Australian-born television news and sports producer who has swapped the TV studio for a writer’s garret overlooking the Tamaki River in Auckland.
His debut novel Tugga’s Mob was inspired by three seasons working as a tour guide with Top Deck Travel on double-decker buses around Europe in the 1980s. It was written after Stephen convinced his wife to sell their empty nest in 2016 to buy ‘Kwozzimoto’, a seven-metre motorhome. Tugga’s
Mob was her annoying companion on a 33,000km tour of Europe, through a dozen countries, and more than a hundred campsites. Tugga’s Mob is a finalist in the Ngaio Marsh Awards for Best First Novel.