Book of the week: ‘Italian Odyssey’ – a drama in three acts

I often envisage the difference between non-fiction and fiction writing as similar to the distinction between a photographer and a representational artist. Both have to produce something well-structured and appealing. The difference is that the photographer has to work with what is there, whereas the artist can, if needed, use license to achieve the same … More Book of the week: ‘Italian Odyssey’ – a drama in three acts

Book of the week: ‘Desert Duel’ – a PUNishing title

Back in 2001 my publishers of the day, Reed New Zealand, offered me something unheard of in local publishing – a multi-book contract. Of course I was keen. The contract involved three books: two follow-ups to A Near Run Affair, telling the story of the Second New Zealand Division through its North African and Italian … More Book of the week: ‘Desert Duel’ – a PUNishing title

Book of the week: ‘Battle for Crete’ – the 20th anniversary reissue

Twenty years ago my publishers, Reed New Zealand, approached me with the suggestion that I might like to write a book on the battle for Crete, which was approaching its sixtieth anniversary at the time. The battle for Crete played out during late May 1941. Part of the defences were held by New Zealand forces … More Book of the week: ‘Battle for Crete’ – the 20th anniversary reissue

All about New Zealand’s amazing giant dead parrot

In the last ten days there have been announcements about two different giant birds that used to live in New Zealand. There’s a human-sized penguin that flourished during the Paleocene – the first age after the dinosaur extinction event – and a one-metre tall parrot that lived some tens of millions of years later in … More All about New Zealand’s amazing giant dead parrot