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, March 22, 2018
Out of the Wild
Out of the Wild Charlie Paterson
Publisher: Charlie Paterson RRP: $39.90 Release
Date: 1 May 2018 MORE INFO HERE
Seven years in the Fiordland National Park – one man’s
tale of adversity and building a dream with little more than dogged
Not the standard
romantic wilderness survival tale, but an honest, warts and all account
of one young man's unique journey, striving to survive for seven years in
a very remote rainforest location inside New Zealand's Fiordland National
Park, three days walk away from the nearest road end. A true story of
isolation and loneliness, away from all the modern conveniences and
comforts most take for granted, Charlie’s tale is one of adversity,
building a dream with dogged determination. Battling against considerable
and powerful opposition, bureaucracy, severe lack of money, unforgiving
nature, himself and ultimately his own ill health; only to find the dream
fulfilled will almost destroy him.
the Wild is more than just a candid wilderness survival tale but
includes some very interesting snippets of New Zealand's early pioneer
history associated to the Fiordland National Park, the Hollyford Valley,
Martins Bay, the beautiful deserted ghost town of Jamestown Bay and even
the fabled "lost ruby mine" in the inaccessible Red Hills of
the Southern Alps. For the outdoor and "back to basics"
enthusiasts Charlie details his accounts of hunting red deer in the thick
Fiordland rainforest around his wilderness home to using the old
traditional methods to store his kills, through to trapping introduced
predators destroying the special rainforest ecosystems, to living off the
smell of an oily rag. Out
of the Wild is a unique New Zealand wilderness tale.
Charlie Paterson was born to a farming family in Southland. Charlie has
worked in a variety of roles from being in the NZ Army to stoking coal
fired boilers on a tourist steam ship in Queenstown. He has managed
seacage Salmon Farms at Stewart Island and he has run a charitable
Outdoor Education Centre in Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, and he has also
owned and operated his own motel. Most of Charlie’s working and
recreational life has been spent in some very remote wilderness locations
that few people get to visit, until getting married to his lovely wife
Bronny in 2009. They have since had two young children and now live
happily in Invercargill.