It’s Waitangi Day in New Zealand, the 176th anniversary of the day when a treaty was signed at Waitangi, in the Bay of Islands, between Maori and the British government. It’s widely regarded as modern New Zealand’s founding document. And I figured out a way to make the best hourly rate ever from what the… More The story behind the Treaty of Waitangi
I spotted some click-bait the other day promising ‘mind bogling’ content. I think they meant ‘boggling’, and I have to say that if they ARE going to troll for views, they could at least proof their own typing. But then I decided it might be intentional, which got me wondering about what ‘bogling’ might possibly… More It’s just mind ‘bogling’, really.
One of the ways, I suppose, that I can say I’ve ‘made’ it is when my non-fiction books are used as reference sources. I’ve had a few picked up as university texts over the years, which is great. Another badge of acceptance is when they are ripped off. And for some reason there are a… More Here’s to my most ripped-off book
I went for a walk the other day in a patch of podocarp forest – New Zealand’s classic bush, a temperate jungle that is little changed since the Jurassic. The forest is filled with huge trees – especially rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum), the undergrowth lush with silver ferns (Cyathea dealbata). These days the undergrowth is less than… More A walk in a Jurassic forest
It’s done! Yup – the re-release programme for seven of my earliest military history books is finished. These titles were originally published by Reed NZ Ltd between 1998 and 2003. They were short, by design, and intended – above all – to be interesting and accessible for the general audience. ‘We like your style,’ the managing… More And so the great 2015 re-release adventure ends
Here are the new covers for my books Italian Odyssey and Battle For Crete. I like them. The re-jig was spurred by the pending reissue of three of my military titles as an omnibus edition with an extremely cool cover design (watch this space) – demanding a reconstruction of all the covers in that series to keep… More Cover make-over frenzy!
One of my blogging friends asked me, yesterday, why I’d picked a Japanese flag to feature on the cover of my reissued book Pacific War: New Zealand and Japan 1941-45. Why not a New Zealand image? The flag picture featured originally on the back cover of the 2003 Reed print edition. Now it’s in full glory… More The advantages of using your own photos in your books