by Justin Brown
It’s tough enough being a man of the modern world – but in New Zealand, it can be even more so. In the land of rugby, racing and beer, the role of Kiwi bloke has been changing. It’s confusing when your hero All Blacks apply eye liner and your mates carry handbags.
Author Justin Brown set out on a mission to find out what’s happened to the New Zealand male. Having turned 36½ and discovered by chance that’s the age of the ‘average’ New Zealander, Brown figured it was time he rediscovered the country he’d grown up in.
He faced up to some national sacred cows. Did the ‘good keen bloke’ still exist in New Zealand? Can you still be a real man and use moisturiser?
Brown’s findings reveal a side to the nation you might not have expected. His light-hearted approach will make you smile as he wades through the hair gel and cow paddocks to find the Kiwi male.
Essential reading for Kiwis – and anyone planning to go to New Zealand.
Other titles in the Myth New Zealand collection are Whatever Happened to 80 Million Sheep?; The Greatest Place to Bring Up Kids?; Whatever Happened to Our National Dish?; plus, Myth New Zealand (All the Stories from Series One), which includes two bonus chapters.
What the reviewers say about Myth New Zealand
‘A guidebook that explains what makes Kiwis tick’ – Jackie Russell, The Times
‘An insightful humourous meander through our history with a look into our future’ – M2 magazine
‘I borrowed it off a friend and I’m not giving it back’ – entertainer and author Max Cryer
‘Justin Brown is the natural heir to Max Cryer, except he’s shorter and can’t play the piano.’ – RNZ National broadcaster Jim Mora
‘A humorous and provocative look at New Zealand and the way we see ourselves today’ – Book critic Graham Beattie
‘I would like to say I have read it, but my wife nicked my copy and is laughing so much reading it , she will not give it back until its finished!’ – Photographer Brendon O’Hagan
‘Comical, thought provoking look at our country.’ – Nicky Pellegrino, Herald On Sunday
‘Interesting book by an interesting writer ‘– Best-selling author Paul Little
‘A fantastic book.’ – Broadcaster Andrew Dewhurst
‘New Zealand has been missing a Bill Bryson-esque writer for some years. With Myth New Zealand I think you’ll find Justin Brown can safely assume that mantle.’ – Andrew Frame
About the author
Justin Brown is a writer, broadcaster and entertainer based in Auckland, New Zealand. He has had more than 30 books published.
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