Ruth Entwistle Low


A Droving Life

Ruth Entwistle Low is a Timaru-based freelance oral historian and writer.

Following the completion of her Master’s in History from Massey University, Ruth set about recording life histories, researching, and conducting projects funded by the Oral History Awards administered by Manatu Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, as well as completing projects for the South Canterbury Museum. Although a townie by birth, Ruth has always had a fascination with farming, which perhaps naturally led her to seek the voices of those who work in the industry.

She has written two bestselling books, The Shearers: New Zealand Legends published by Penguin Random House in 2019 and On the Hoof: The Untold Story of Drovers in New Zealand, published by Penguin in 2014. She is currently working on her third farming themed book for PRH.

Ruth Entwistle Low