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
STORIES FROM AN AREA OF ASTONISHING ECOLOGICAL COMPLEXITY,
AN AREA THAT HAS GENERATED A WONDERFULLY RICH AND COLOURFUL HUMAN HISTORY
Building on the success of Kahurangi Calling,
this new volume of stories from the Northwest Nelson backcountry, is a
compelling blend of natural and social history. An area of astonishing
ecological complexity, the area has generated a wonderfully rich and colourful
human history. Gerard Hindmarsh tells the stories of the fascinating characters
who have travelled and lived here, including early explorers, gold miners,
flying crayfishers, early forest rangers, trampers and other adventurers. His
stories are skillfully told and woven into the natural history of this
captivating region, including geological, botanical and ecological treasures.
For anyone who enjoys stories of New Zealand’s backcountry, or social history,
this new title is a must-read.
Born in Wellington in 1957, GERARD HINDMARSH trained first as a cartographer
before shifting to Golden Bay in 1976. Long-haul truck driving, fertiliser
spreading,forestry, building a house and setting up a cinema
all preceded his move into journalism in 1991. His award-winning feature writing
has appeared in a variety of publications both here and overseas, and he also
served for many years as National Radio’s Asian Correspondent on Kim Hill’s Nine
to Noon show.
Gerard has five children and still lives on his
land at Tukurua, near Collingwood in Golden Bay, on the edge of Kahurangi
National Park. Aside from his first collection of stories told in Kahurangi Calling,
Gerard’s books include Angelina: From Stromboli to D’Urville Island, a
fictionalised account of his grandparents’ lives, Swamp Fever, a memoir
of his time as an alternative lifestyler in Golden Bay and Outsiders:
Stories from the fringe of New Zealand society.
RRP$39.99 Paperback, colour
photographs throughout ISBN: 9780947503420 Potton & Burton