Author(s): Gordon McLauchlan
An intriguing collection of tales plucked from the byways of our country's history by a master storyteller who recognises a good yarn when he sees it. Gordon McLauchlan tempts our imagination with 46 little-known tales from New Zealand¿s past. Here you will discover: - that Auckland applied twice to the Colonial Office to be a separate colony from the rest of New Zealand - more about the man who wanted to be James Cook - when drinking beer legally became an `art¿ on the West Coast - whether Kupe was man or myth - how Hawera seceded and became a republic - when and why the Americans planned to invade New Zealand - which aviation heroine was called a `naughty girl who deserved a spanking¿ - why a posse of politicians committed suicide . . . and more. This great collection of tales explores these and many more questions and issues which have fascinated New Zealanders and filled many a page in many a history book over the years. Gordon McLauchlan, a master storyteller who recognises a good yarn when he sees it, brings a fresh perspective on some old and often vexed periods in New Zealand¿s history.
Gordon McLauchlan is a well-known journalist, author and social commentator. He is a seasoned media commentator not afraid to speak his mind. His previous books include: The Line that Dares - A History of the Union Steam Ship Company (1987); A History of New Zealand Humour (1988); The Story of New Zealand Beer (1995); A Life's Sentences - A Memoir (2004); Great Tales From New Zealand History (2005, reprinted in 2008); A Short Short History of New Zealand (2005, reprinted 2007); The Life and Times of Auckland (2008); The Saltwater Highway: The Story of Ports and Shipping in New Zealand (2012); The Passionless People (2012); and A Short History of New Zealand (2014). He was also editor-in-chief of The New Zealand Encyclopaedia (Bateman, 1984, revised 1987, 1991, 1995) for ten years.