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.
In an age of mass tourism, aspirations to make
voyages of discovery increasingly degenerate into tramping in the footsteps of
the masses, with interaction reduced to incessant facebook posts. How different
the experience of inveterate traveller David G. Brown, who set out on the
backpacking trail in the early 1980s and in his heart never really left.
Hellholes of the World
compiles writings over three decades of travel until his untimely death – some
published in magazines, others now finally landing on the printed page. Part
memoir, part travelogue, part reportage, it voyages from Singapore in the 1980s
to Tanzania and Kilimanjaro in 2014, taking in the familiar (Hamilton, Phoenix,
Rotterdam) and the still exotic (Amazonas, Belarus, Rwanda).
Short ‘postcards’ from some
choice hellholes intersperse chapters that detail and dissect the unglamorous
realities of long-term travel, and include unvarnished reflections on his New
Zealand homeland and his adopted homeland of Finland.
David G Brown was born in Tuakau, New Zealand, in 1962.He
lived in New Zealand, Israel, Denmark and Finland, where he worked in
publishing, English language teaching, and as a writer and journalist. His
articles have been widely published in New Zealand and internationally. He died
in Helsinki in 2015.
Hellholes of the World is published by David’s brother Neil
through Archetype and distributed by Upstart.