Eve Sutton
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Eve Sutton

Eve Sutton
Evelyn Mary Breakell

(1906-09-14)14 September 1906
Died19 December 1992(1992-12-19) (aged 86)
Auckland, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealander
Known forChildren's books
Notable work
My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes

Evelyn Mary Sutton (née Breakell, 14 September 1906 - 19 December 1992), commonly known as Eve Sutton, was a New Zealand children's author.

Early life and family

Evelyn Mary Breakell was born in Preston, Lancashire, England, on 14 September 1906.[1] She worked as a primary school teacher from 1927 to 1931,[2] when she married Arthur Sutton at Christ Church, Fulwood, Preston.[3] In 1949, the family migrated to New Zealand,[2] and Eve Sutton became a naturalised New Zealand citizen in 1955.[1]

Writing career

Sutton's first children's book, My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes, was written after her cousin by marriage, Lynley Dodd, suggested that they collaborate on a book; Sutton wrote the text and Dodd provided the illustrations.[2][4] Now regarded as a New Zealand classic, it was Sutton's only picture book, and it received the Esther Glen Award in 1975.[2][4]

Subsequently, Sutton went on to write books for older children, including a series of novels about the experiences of immigrants to New Zealand.[2] In 1990, she was awarded the New Zealand Children's Literature Association's Award for Services to Children's Literature.[5]


Sutton died on 19 December 1992, and her body was cremated at Purewa Crematorium, Auckland.[6]


  • 1973 -- My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes
  • 1976 -- Green Gold
  • 1977 -- Johnny Sweep
  • 1977 -- Tuppenny Brown
  • 1978 -- Moa Hunter
  • 1983 -- Surgeon's Boy
  • 1983 -- Skip for the Huntaway
  • 1984 -- Kidnapped by Blackbirders
  • 1987 -- Valley of Heavenly Gold


  1. ^ a b "New Zealand, naturalisations, 1843-1968". Ancestry.com Operations. 2010. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Eve Sutton". Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Marriage entries". Lancashire BMD. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Eve Sutton". Penguin Books New Zealand. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award". Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Burial & cremation details". Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium. Retrieved 2019.

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