Author(s): Bruce Ansley
A magnificent celebration of New Zealand's long, complex, varied coastline, written by one of the country's finest writers, and with photographs by one of its most distinguished photographers. Several times in 2012 and 2013, acclaimed New Zealand writer Bruce Ansley and eminent photographer Jane Ussher climbed into a car for another stage of an epic road trip around New Zealand's coast. They travelled north and south, east and west, meeting remarkable, sometimes eccentric but always passionate New Zealanders on the way. From surf lifeguards to cray-fishermen, farmers to artists, conservationists to scientists, and everyone in between, in this landmark book Ansley and Ussher document their encounters with affecting words and gripping images. And then there is the coast itself: by turns uplifted, battered, encircling, dangerous, beguiling, sustaining, energising ...it challenged and fascinated and moved them. This magnificent book pays homage to the narrow margin between the ever restless Pacific and Tasman and the fragile hinterland we New Zealanders call home.
NZ POST BOOK AWARDS - Illustrated non-fiction Winner 2014
Bruce Ansley is one of New Zealand's most experienced and respected writers. He has worked in Great Britain and New Zealand, on such papers as the Christchurch Star and the London Sun. For many years he was a staff writer at The New Zealand Listener. Since then he has freelanced and written a number of bestselling books, including A Long Slow Affair of the Heart and God, an account of a canal boat trip through France which develops into a journey within a journey as the internal shifts within a marriage threaten to destroy it, and Gods and Little Fishes, the acclaimed memoir of a childhood in New Brighton. His writing has covered such diverse topics as undercover detective work, a history of Christchurch suburb New Brighton, a tribute to the heritage buildings destroyed in the Christchurch earthquakes, and the tale of legendary high-country station Mesopotamia (of Samuel Butler fame). He has won fellowships to Oxford University and Cambridge University, and a number of journalism awards. He has written for radio and television, including writing for A Week of It and McPhail and Gadsby. A keen sailor, he lives on Waiheke Island with his wife, Sally. The bestselling A Fabled Land: The Story of Canterbury's Famous Mesopotamia Station cemented Ansley's reputation as one of New Zealand's finest writers about 'place'. The Otago Daily Times wrote: 'Ansley conveys the flinty edge that generations of farmers and their families needed to make a go of it in harsh and unforgiving surroundings.'
Jane Ussher is one of New Zealand's most highly regarded photographers. For many years the staff photographer at the New Zealand Listener, she now has an active freelance career. Her magnificent book about the Antarctic huts of Scott and Shackleton, Still Life, was a finalist in the NZ Post Book Awards. In 2013 she collaborated with Rosemary McLeod on With Bold Needle and Thread: Adventures in Vintage Needlecraft.