A short history of sheep in New Zealand’s Wild West era

I’ve written an article for a lifestyle magazine. It’s on sheep. Really. I’ve covered the early history of sheep in New Zealand, and there will likely be more in the series – including the stories of sheep rustling, fast business deals and general adventuring that went on in back-country New Zealand’s wool industry around 150 … More A short history of sheep in New Zealand’s Wild West era

Farewell to Tom Clancy and the age of the techno-thriller

Tom Clancy died this week, aged 66. Sad news. I enjoyed his books in their day. His writing – and games – brought a good deal of pleasure to many people. He achieved something few authors manage; he defined a genre, the ‘techno-thriller’. Other authors followed,  some of them service personnel whose own experiences gave … More Farewell to Tom Clancy and the age of the techno-thriller