Graeme Horncastle has launched his second book, Horncastle’s Hero or Hell Raiser and the extraordinary life of his grandfather "Old Charlie" Jacobsen.
Rich in New Zealand history, Hero or Hell Raiser is a riveting read about Charlie’s life of adventure and mayhem as a gold miner, fisherman and launch master spanning from 1880 to 1960. Life was hard in those days, particularly where Charlie lived in remote parts of the West Coast and Marlborough Sounds.
“Charlie died in 1960 when I was eight. The story I tell is from his notes and family recollections. History would be dull and boring without pioneers and explorers, and people who wanted the best out of life and managed to get the worst dealt to them. It's all there,” says Graeme.
Graeme’s previous book Horncastle’s Suitcase focussed on his life growing up as the second of eight children in a poor West Coast family, By age 18 he was married with a child and, although his prospects weren't flash, Graeme was determined to succeed against the odds and now owns the iconic 86 room Pavilions Hotel in Christchurch.
Publisher: Pavilions Hotel, Christchurch
Size 240 x 165 mm