Detours - A Generation on: A Journey Through Small-Town New Zealand

Detours - A Generation on: A Journey Through Small-Town New Zealand


By (author) Neville Peat

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  • Publisher: Otago University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 30mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Dunedin
  • ISBN 10: 1877372390
  • ISBN 13: 9781877372391
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Illustrations note: b/w illus

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In Summer, 1981, a young Neville Peat set out from Cape Reinga on his new 10-speed bike Blue, aiming to cycle through the small towns of New Zealand from north to south, all the way to Stewart Island. The week before Easter, he reached his destination. He wrote a book about it, Detours: A Journey through Small-Town New Zealand, which sold many copies and was broadcast on the radio. Many times in the intervening years, usually on anniversaries of the journey, he wished to try a repeat journey, but life held other challenges. Now, as a leading author, and in the age of the personal computer and cell phone - a very different world - he has revisited many of the towns and regions, not on a bicycle, but by car. In Detours - A Generation On, an opening essay reflects once again on how small-town New Zealand is doing, followed up by a reprint of the 80's classic account.

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Author information

Neville Peat is a leading natural history writer, whose prize-winning works include four regional natural history books (co-authored with Brian Patrick) and most recently Kiwi: The People’s Bird. He is the latest recipient of the prestigious Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers’ Fellowship.