On the night of my brother’s wedding in 1981, I’ve made the trip north with Barry, a great day had by all. That night, Barry in his campervan, me in my station wagon, we camped in a quarry.
Barry told stories, I listened, the great storyteller had me in his spell. I’m sitting there in shorts and t-shirt getting cold, and I didn’t want to walk to my car a few feet away in case it broke the spell of the story. I’m also getting hungry, all we had was pumpkin, I hated pumpkin but I ate it and enjoyed it.
We were camped in that quarry on Puha Road. A week later back in our routine of life, Barry handed me the first chapter of his new book ‘Puha Road’, he asked me to check for spelling mistakes. This I did until the book was finished just two or three weeks later.
I loved it.
A wonderful story about an unfortunate person called, Muxy and his mate Gavin. A awful as Muxy’s luck was, it turns good. I will tell you no more except that this is my recommendation to you.
I promise you will enjoy.
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In 1959 he began writing humorous sketches of life as a government deer-culler and pig hunter, publishing these as a Good Keen Man in 1960.By 1992 his New Zealand book sales were estimated at more than a million copies.
As well as a best selling author, Crump has been an actor, TV personality,Poet,radio commentator, man of leisure,traveller,goldminer,photographer and more.A successful 12 year association with Toyota brought a series of award winning advertisements that catapulted Crump into living rooms around country with his laconic blokey style.
Crump wrote 24 books in his lifetime, was married 5 times and had 6 children, all sons.
In the 1990's Crump was awarded an MBE and OBE for services to literature, something he was quietly proud of and reckoned they'd be hardcase pinned to his swandri.
He was listed in the who's who as having no fixed abode, and regarded himself as a world citizen.
He insisted, that he always will be, a Kiwi bushman.