The Grey Lynn Library Hall was packed with grumpy old men along with their families and friends last evening for what proved to be a rollicking good party with three excellent, humorous speeches from MC extraordinaire Kerre McIvor and book compilers Paul Little & Dorothy Vinicombe. And special mention must be made of the publisher's wife, Wendyl Nissen, who made an impressive array of truly beautiful club sandwiches to accompany the wine, beer and fruit juice being merrily consumed.
Among the contributors to Grumpy Old Men present at the launch I noticed :
So what do the 47 grumpy old men featured on this book have in common? They’re all irate about something, sounding off in Grumpy Old Men on alcohol, speed limits, education, jet-skis, nutritionists, pinot noir, small change, tee shirt labels and a whole lot of other things they’d like to shake a stick at in. Some contributions are serious and some light-hearted, some are trivial and some profound, but all are entertaining and many thought-provoking.
A bloody good read is how I would describe it. Well worth $35. I saw a pile of them at Time Out Books in Mt.Eden but apparently Paper Plus and many other bookstores also have it in stock. Might be a timely purchase for your own grumpy old man for Father's Day?
Signing books last evening, Michael Horton and Sir Peter Leitch, Dame Rosie Horton between them.
Below- Phil Gifford & John Hawkesby - neither look grumpy!