Lucy Treep has a PhD in English Literature, and three adult children. In 2013 she was engaged, as part of Burgess and Treep Architects, to research the life of the Shadbolt house at 35 Arapito Road, focussing on the time the family lived there. This research was undertaken as part of the conservation plan written to facilitate the establishment of the house as a writer’s residence. The Shadbolt research proved so compelling that Lucy applied for, and was awarded, a Friends of the Turnbull Library Research Grant to write a biography of Maurice Shadbolt. She is finding the Shadbolt biographical research funny, shocking, sad and uplifting: in other words, enormously enjoyable and rewarding.