All week this week we look at the life and writing of Greymouth writer and conservationist Peter Hooper (1919-91). Today: a memoir by Hooper's longtime friend and editor Brian Turner, taken from his speech at the launch in the weekend of Pat White's biography.
Brian Turner wades through the hyperbole in Brendon McCullum's biography, and recalls the old saying: "Self-praise is no recommendation.”
In which Brian Turner looks out from the top of Black's Hill - over there's Mt St Bathans, way yonder's the Remarkables - and inspects the hand of man placed on the back of nature's trembling neck.
All week this week we feature a memoir of 2015 by a writer of distinction. Our fourth memoirist: Otuehua writer Brian Turner, who curiously tops the New Zealand fiction best-seller chart right now with his book Boundaries: People and Places of Central Otago - a collection of essays, which is to say non-fiction.