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.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
LAKE TEKAPO IN THE LEGENDARY MACKENZIE COUNTRY
AFTER READING THIS BOOK, NO JOURNEY TO LAKE TEKAPO IN THE
LEGENDARY MACKENZIE COUNTRY WILL EVER BE THE SAME.
Lake Tekapo, with its dazzling blue glacial water and
backdrop of the Southern Alps, is one of the major drawcards of the South
Island’s Mackenzie Country. While most people’s experience of Tekapo is the
bustling tourist village, there is also another whole community beyond this
settlement of iconic high-country stations that occupy the sweeping tussock
land surrounding the Lake. This book tells the stories of these courageous and
tough farming families, who choose to live and work in this spectacular, but unforgiving country with its extremes of cold and heat,
devastating snowfalls and huge winds.
Author Mary Hobbs, a long-time resident of the Mackenzie
Country, has unravelled the history of eight stations from around Lake Tekapo –
Godley Peaks, Lilybank, Mt Gerald, Richmond, Mt Hay, Tekapo, Balmoral and
Glenmore. Using both old accounts and interviews with current station holders
and many others with connections to these stations, she has assembled a set of
stories that capture the flavour and character of a unique part of rural New
Heavily illustrated with both contemporary images and many
old, previously unpublished photographs, this is a fascinating and beautiful
book. It is a sister volume to Mary Hobbs’s bestselling High Country
Stations of the Mackenzie, which focused on the stations around Lake
Pukaki, and will be another much-loved addition to the legacy of New Zealand writing about the high country.
MARY HOBBS published the award-winning New Zealand
Outside magazine for 10 years. She is the author of six books including: Kiwi
Tucker for the Soul, a best-selling collection of inspirational stories about New
Zealanders; Letters to New York and America – from New Zealand with Love,
a non-political book of letters gifted to the American people following 9/11: The
Spirit of Mountaineering, Volume 1, about the early history of the first
New Zealand-born mountain guide at Aoraki/Mount Cook; Matagouri and other Pricks – The
Journey to Aoraki/Mount Cook, part-autobiography, that covers nursing,
publishing, mountain guiding and includes the larger tale of a battle for the right to do
business in the National Park; Christchurch Dreaming – a poignant, inspirational
book for Christchurch people; and High Country Stations of the Mackenzie –
a best-selling history of the high-country stations surrounding Lake Pukaki.
Mary has lived with her husband, mountain guide Charlie
Hobbs at Aoraki/Mount Cook, near Lake Pukaki, for around 22 years.
They own a mountain and ski guiding company and The Old
Mountaineers, a historical mountaineering-themed restaurant and photographic
gallery at Aoraki/Mount Cook. They have two daughters.
Hardback with jacket, full colour throughout