Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Country Calendar - stunning celebratory book
A book that reflects the distinct flavour and
character that has made Country Calendar so beloved by its rural and urban
From its first field report in a Central Otago apricot orchard in 1966,
and primarily broadcast as a 14-minute news show for farmers, Country Calendar is now New
Zealand’s longest-running television series, with more than half a million
people tuning in every week. This year saw Country Calendar turn
50, and this book celebrates the milestone by revisiting 15 families who have
appeared on the show during the last decade or so – and, in some cases, whose properties have featured more
than once during the 50 years.
The featured stories all reflect the distinct flavour and character that
has made Country Calendar so beloved by its rural and urban audience.
It’s a diverse collection, reflecting the varied and changing face of rural New
Zealand, but each chapter is peopled with hardworking, passionate folk who love
what they do, love their properties and love sharing their stories.
Complementing the text, each story is lavishly illustrated with
evocative images by award-winning photographer, Rob Suisted.
Captured while visiting each property during 2015 and 2016, Rob’s
photographs further reveal the stunning scenery and passionate people behind each story.
The result is this stunning celebratory book – a must-have for every fan
of Country Calendar and anyone with an interest in the lives of farming
AABOUT THE AUTHOR/PHOTOGRAPHER
MATT PHILP’S feature-writing career began as a staff writer at the Listener,
followed by several years as a senior writer for Metro, the Press and
North & South. Now a freelancer, he writes on a diverse range of
subjects for a wide set of publications. Matt has also authored books,
including introductory essays on our national parks for Wild About New
Zealand (with Gus Roxburgh) and Heart of the Mackenzie: The Glenmore
Station Story. The Glenmore book, in particular, deepened his interest in
the lives of New Zealand’s farming families, which came in handy on the Country
Calendar book project.
ROB SUISTED is one of New Zealand’s most respected photographers,
supplying a diverse range of quality images through his image library Nature’s
Pic. His love of the outdoors
and wildlife has led him from a career in conservation management into
professional photography. Rob often speaks publicly on the subjects of
photography, conservation and the environment, and has published 16 books, including
(with Harry Broad) Molesworth: Stories from New Zealand’s largest
high-country station, a Booksellers’ Choice finalist at the 2014 NZ Post
$59.99 - Potton & Burton
Hardback PLC with jacket ISBN: 9780947503079 Published: September 2016
Waiorongomai flats at sunrise, with Lake Wairarapa beyond. A prominent feature of the property is the clustered stands of cabbage trees.
Photo credit: Rob Suisted
Waiorongomai flats at sunrise, with Lake Wairarapa beyond. A
prominent feature of the property is the clustered stands of cabbage trees.