Beale Stainton was born in 1984 in Gisborne, New Zealand. His ancestry is the story of early New Zealand itself, a blend of pioneering European gentlemen and highly esteemed Maori women. A deep fascination with the world beyond rural/small town New Zealand began at a young age. He describes his first love as "an Atlas and a set of Britannica Encyclopaedias, proudly displayed in the family lounge". His tribal affiliations are Te Whanau o Tuwhakairiora of Hicks Bay and Ngati Pahauwera of Mohaka. He currently lives in Australia and calls Coogee Beach home. From Behind the Machine is his first published novel.
Memoirs for Fishy is a journey into the inner doubts of Bob, who goes to Thailand in search of an old flame, but finds more than he expects. Returning to Sydney he lives with Lars, who he forms an unconventional bond with. He must then return to New Zealand to his family, all while he dreams about a talking Fish leading him to his deeper self.
From Behind the Machine is a bitter and beautiful love story told across intrepid travels to unknown places with unknown people. It is timeless, painful, compassionate, and, above all, it is a reminder of how we should all be living and loving - with honesty, bravery, curiosity ... and a good, strong coffee.