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Friday, July 06, 2012
Debut NZ author interviewed by Jim Mora
First time author Winston Cowie,
whose New Zealand Wars novel, ‘A Flame
Flickers in the Darkness’ was launched recently, was interviewed by Jim Mora on 5
July 2012 on Radio New Zealand as part of the ‘Best song ever written’ segment.
Cowie’s choice was ‘Welcome to my world’ by Jim Reeves, the song used in the
New Zealand Toyota adverts of the late 1980s and 90s. For Cowie, the images in
those ads of the Southern Alps and the antics of Barry Crump and Scotty, stuck
with him and whenever he hears that song, it invokes images of New Zealand.
song, while written by American, Reeves, also has some pertinent lines, Cowie says,
the door will open,
Seek and you will find,
Ask and you'll be given,
The key to this world of mine.’
He said that
the key message in the song is a kiwi one; ‘get out and have a crack,’ much
like Cowie is doing with his book ‘A Flame Flickers in the Darkness.’