Blog 2017-05-19T11:16:29+12:00
909, 2018

Bodgie in the Library 1

September 9th, 2018|

Book Launch Speech Glen Eden Library 4 September as part of the Going West Festival   On a Bodgie Bike is set in 1955 Glen Eden and completes a trilogy I wrote about a stolen monstrance in response to my father urging me to write about the family hometown of [...]

205, 2018

Nazis in New Zealand

May 2nd, 2018|

At the Paraparaumu Library ‘Murder in the Library’ event last 30 April I was talking about Nazis in my crime story The Plot to Kill Peter Fraser when I heard a loud, sceptical, derisive snort of disbelief from somewhere to the back left of the packed house. Clearly the male [...]

1702, 2018

Tree Recycling

February 17th, 2018|

Graham Cooper died over 40 years ago but not a day goes by when I do not practise what he preached. I hug a tree, as recommended to Bismarck by his doctor in a book Graham gave me called The Secret Life of Plants. These days the hugged tree is [...]

511, 2017

In Praise of Praise Be

November 5th, 2017|

TVNZ have announced the axing of Praise Be. I hope they might reconsider in the light of the new Labour-led government announcing a shift back to support of public broadcasting. TVNZ have shifted away from that, preferring so-called reality shows and sports programmes and dissing their only weekly half-hour of [...]

2107, 2017

Auckland, My Auckland

July 21st, 2017|

Researching my next book set in 1955 Auckland, I am rereading my two Auckland novels with characters and content relevant. Firstly The Monstrance set in 1959, and my 2004 take on contemporary Auckland, In Xtremis. It is not easy this rereading, you can see the clunky bits lurid as neon [...]

2205, 2017

McNeish and Me

May 22nd, 2017|

James McNeish and me are bookcase mates. His Tavern in the Town sits in my prime slot next to my The Compleat Cityscapes, among my most referenced Kiwi dictionaries and encyclopaedias. McNeish showed me the writing way. Over half my life ago I returned from six years in Australia and [...]

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