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Stranger Than Fiction: The Life & Times of Split Enz (paperback)

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by Mike Chunn

In the early 1970s, a group of impoverished students formed a rock band in Auckland, New Zealand, and planned their assault on the world’s music charts.

For a decade Split Enz fought to be understood by audiences and music critics who often struggled to accept their madcap on-stage performances and innovative sounds.

Eventually, they found chart success in the UK, United States, Canada, Europe, Australia with hits like I Got You and with best-selling albums such as Mental Notes, Frenzy, True Colours, Waiata/Corroboree and Time and Tide.

At home, they remain New Zealand’s most successful rock band. The band launched the careers of its leader Tim Finn and brother Neil Finn who later formed the hugely-successful Crowded House. But success had its price for members of Split Enz and founding bass-player Mike Chunn shares his inside story of the band in this searingly honest account of the life and times of Split Enz.

What the reviewers say

‘I hate the term “must read” but it truly is a must read for devotees of the Enz and all things Judd and Finn. Even if you’re not specially an Enz fan, it is still a great book, very well written, and with Mike’s often surreal sense of humour punctuating the already fascinating story of the band.’ – DC Cartwell, Music You Can Feel

Mike Chunn

Mike Chunn

 About the author

Mike Chunn, CNZM, is a founding member of Split Enz and Citizen Band, and has managed Sony Music Publishing, Mushroom Records and APRA and established the music charity Play It Strange.

 

 

 

 

 

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Specifications
Author: Mike Chunn

ISBN: 978-0994135940

paperback format

RRP NZ$24.99/US$19.99


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Paperback edition of Stranger Than Fiction now available

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Hurricane Press has published a revised and updated paperback edition of Mike Chunn’s wonderful Stranger Than Fiction, his personal story about New Zealand band Split Enz.

The 322-page paperback edition, released in April 2019, is available worldwide through Amazon, who also distribute an e-book version.

For more information, see Stranger Than Fiction (paperback edition) at Amazon.


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The Buddha from Birmingham

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by David A.Swain

The Buddha from Birmingham centres on the lives of Arthur Swain and Dorothy May Swain née Cadman, especially their ten years of service as medical missionaries in China and India 1925-1935.

It draws upon family oral history, documents and photographs, Western and Chinese archives, academic and missionary literature, and Western and Chinese key informants, to tell their poignant and thought-provoking story.

It is profusely illustrated with photographs from the Swains’ photograph albums (many of them ‘ethnographic’ in character) and the public domain.

The central story is set in the context of Arthur and Dorothy’s formative years before their missionary work, the family’s experience of the return to England after China and India, and Western and Chinese scholarship on the medical missionary endeavour in China.

Swain David PicAbout the author

David A.Swain is a retired academic who lives in Hamilton, New Zealand. He undertook self-publication of The Buddha from Birmingham after attending a Hurricane Press workshop.

* The Buddha from Birmingham was edited and produced ready-for-print by Hurricane Press on behalf of the author.

 


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The Two of Me (ebook Edition)

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by John Dybvig

This is the moving story of how John Dybvig — widely regarded as New Zealand’s loudest man — turned his life around after a trail of destruction that wrecked his relationships, more than 100 jobs and his health.

This is no ordinary biography as the actor, writer and broadcaster reveals how he battled his wild man ways to eventually find his true self, and happiness as a 60–year–old house husband.

We challenge you to read the first chapter and to not want to read the rest of this inspiring story.

You might think you know John Dybvig but you won’t even go close to the truth.

What the reviewers say

‘Written with disarming honesty and frankness, Dybvig’s book is quite a revelation.’ – Graham Beattie, Beattie’s Book Blog.
‘John is a great writer. Honest!’ – Graeme Hill, Radio Live.
‘Moving.’Let’s Travel Magazine.
‘Makes for a great read.’ – Greg Fleming, Editor, Bay to Bay Magazine.

Print edition

A print edition of The Two of Me is available for sale in New Zealand. To order copies, contact Hurricane Press.

Audio edition

Kiwa Media have released a digital version of The Two of Me, enabling you to read it on your eReader or tablet, while listening to John Dybvig read his story to you.
This audio/ebook version can be found at iTunes by clicking here.

John Dybvig

John Dybvig

About the author

John Dybvig is a writer, broadcaster and actor who coaches speech and basketball (usually against his best judgement). He’s often described as the loudest man in New Zealand. He lives in Auckland.

 

 

 

You can preview and buy the ebook at Amazon here:

Specifications
Author: John Dybvig

ISBN: 978-0-9864684-7-6

ebook format

RRP US$4.99

 


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The Two of Me

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by John Dybvig

This is the moving story of how John Dybvig — widely regarded as New Zealand’s loudest man — turned his life around after a trail of destruction that wrecked his relationships, more than 100 jobs and his health.

This is no ordinary biography as the actor, writer and broadcaster reveals how he battled his wild man ways to eventually find his true self, and happiness as a 60–year–old house husband.

We challenge you to read the first chapter and to not want to read the rest of this inspiring story.

You might think you know John Dybvig but you won’t even go close to the truth.

What the reviewers say

‘Written with disarming honesty and frankness, Dybvig’s book is quite a revelation.’ – Graham Beattie, Beattie’s Book Blog.
‘John is a great writer. Honest!’ – Graeme Hill, Radio Live.
‘Moving.’Let’s Travel Magazine.
‘Makes for a great read.’ – Greg Fleming, Editor, Bay to Bay Magazine.

Audio edition

Kiwa Media have released a digital version of The Two of Me, enabling you to read it on your eReader or tablet, while listening to John Dybvig read his story to you.
This audio/ebook version can be found at iTunes by clicking here.

John Dybvig

John Dybvig

About the author

John Dybvig is a writer, broadcaster and actor who coaches speech and basketball (usually against his best judgement). He’s often described as the loudest man in New Zealand. He lives in Auckland.

All John Dybvig’s books are available through Amazon.

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Specifications
Author: John Dybvig

ISBN: 978-0-9864684-4-5

Trade paperback, 252 pages

15cm x 23cm (portrait)

RRP NZ$29.99

For trade sales of this title, please contact Hurricane Press.


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The Crazy Lives of John Dybvig

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by John Dybvig

Have you ever had the urge to walk out on your life – to stop and start again?

Californian John Dybvig has made a habit of it. He’s travelled the world, changing jobs more than 100 times in search of happiness. He’s done everything from coach professional sport to acting roles in Hollywood blockbusters. He’s left a trail of broken relationships but finally found true love to become a dad at 50 and a house husband at 60.

The Crazy Lives of John Dybvig is his collection of books in which he shares the twists and turns of his amazing life – stories that will always make you laugh, sometimes make you want to cry and could make you wonder about your own life and where it’s going.

Follow this larger-than-life lunatic as he rampages through the United States, Australia and New Zealand in a quest for contentment.

This collection includes all the books in John Dybvig’s series – How to Survive as a Big Actor with Small Parts, How to Survive as a Sports Jock with Attitude, How to Survive Travel as a Loud American, How to Survive Being a New Dad at Fifty, How to Survive 103 Jobs and The Mob, How to Survive Falling in Love on the 3rd Strike and How to Survive as a D-List Celebrity.

This value-for-money edition also includes a bonus chapter.

How to Survive as a Big Actor with Small Parts is Dybvig’s hilarious description of his journey from taking up acting in his forties to working with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and directors like Sir Peter Jackson.

How to Survive as a Sports Jock with Attitude is Dybvig’s uproarious account of his chaotic career as a professional basketball coach. He’s started riots, nearly frozen to death and been banned for life from one town in his efforts to coach championship teams.

How to Survive Travel as a Loud American is Dybvig’s comical story of his efforts not to fit in while living abroad. If you ever wondered how the stereotypical loud American traveller came about, you’re about to meet him.

How to Survive Being a New Dad at Fifty is Dybvig’s entertaining and heart-warming story of how his wild man personality was tamed by the birth of his children.

How to Survive 103 Jobs and The Mob is Dybvig’s side-splitting account of his ability to land weird jobs in any part of the world – working with everyone from child actors to professional wrestlers, and selling everything from miracle cures to Californian accents.

How to Survive Falling in Love on the 3rd Strike is Dybvig’s moving story of how he finally found true romance when he least expected – and how love changed his wild man ways.

How to Survive as a D-List Celebrity is Dybvig’s amusing and entertaining record of how he accidentally became famous in the farthest regions of the planet – enabling him to walk the red carpet and flip burgers all in the same week.

* Some of the stories in this series have also appeared in our print memoir of Dybvig’s chaotic life, The Two of Me.

What the reviewers say

‘John is a great writer. Honest!’ – Graeme Hill, Radio Live.

John Dybvig

John Dybvig

About the author

John Dybvig is a writer, broadcaster and actor who coaches speech and basketball (usually against his best judgement). He’s often described as the loudest man in New Zealand. He lives in Auckland.

 

 

 

You can preview and buy the ebook at Amazon here:

Specifications
Author: John Dybvig

ISBN: 978-0-9922556-1-9

ebook format

RRP US$2.99


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How to Survive Travel as a Loud American

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by John Dybvig

Have you ever had the urge to walk out on your life – to stop and start again?

Californian John Dybvig has made a habit of it. He’s travelled the world, changing jobs more than 100 times in search of happiness. He’s done everything from coach professional sport to acting roles in Hollywood blockbusters. He’s left a trail of broken relationships but finally found true love to become a dad at 50 and a house husband at 60.

The Crazy Lives of John Dybvig is his collection of books in which he shares the twists and turns of his amazing life – stories that will always make you laugh, sometimes make you want to cry and could make you wonder about your own life and where it’s going.

Follow this larger-than-life lunatic as he rampages through the United States, Australia and New Zealand in a quest for contentment.

How to Survive Travel as a Loud American is Dybvig’s comical account of his efforts not to fit in while living abroad. If you ever wondered how the stereotypical loud American traveller came about, you’re about to meet him.

Other books in this series are How to Survive as a D-List Celebrity, How to Survive Falling in Love on the 3rd Strike, How to Survive as a Sports Jock with Attitude, How to Survive 103 Jobs and The MobHow to Survive as a New Dad at Fifty and How to Survive as a Big Actor with Small Parts.

The entire series (with bonus chapter) is available in a single ebook collection – The Crazy Lives of John Dybvig.

* Some of the stories in this series have also appeared in our print memoir of Dybvig’s chaotic life, The Two of Me.

What the reviewers say

‘John is a great writer. Honest!’ – Graeme Hill, Radio Live.

John Dybvig

John Dybvig

About the author

John Dybvig is a writer, broadcaster and actor who coaches speech and basketball (usually against his best judgement). He’s often described as the loudest man in New Zealand. He lives in Auckland.

 

 

 

You can preview and buy the ebook at Amazon here:

Specifications
Author: John Dybvig

ISBN: 978-0-9922542-2-3

ebook format

RRP US$2.99


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How to Survive Falling in Love on the 3rd Strike

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by John Dybvig

Have you ever had the urge to walk out on your life – to stop and start again?

Californian John Dybvig has made a habit of it. He’s travelled the world, changing jobs more than 100 times in search of happiness. He’s done everything from coach professional sport to acting roles in Hollywood blockbusters. He’s left a trail of broken relationships but finally found true love to become a dad at 50 and a house husband at 60.

The Crazy Lives of John Dybvig is his collection of books in which he shares the twists and turns of his amazing life – stories that will always make you laugh, sometimes make you want to cry and could make you wonder about your own life and where it’s going.

Follow this larger-than-life lunatic as he rampages through the United States, Australia and New Zealand in a quest for contentment.

How to Survive Falling in Love on the 3rd Strike is Dybvig’s moving story of how he finally found true romance when he least expected – and how love changed his wild man ways.

Other books in this series are How to Survive as a D-List Celebrity, How to Survive Travel as a Loud American, How to Survive as a Sports Jock with Attitude, How to Survive 103 Jobs and The MobHow to Survive as a New Dad at Fifty and How to Survive as a Big Actor with Small Parts.

The entire series (with bonus chapter) is available in a single ebook collection – The Crazy Lives of John Dybvig.

* Some of the stories in this series have also appeared in our print memoir of Dybvig’s chaotic life, The Two of Me.

What the reviewers say

‘John is a great writer. Honest!’ – Graeme Hill, Radio Live.

John Dybvig

John Dybvig

About the author

John Dybvig is a writer, broadcaster and actor who coaches speech and basketball (usually against his best judgement). He’s often described as the loudest man in New Zealand. He lives in Auckland.

 

 

 

You can preview and buy the ebook at Amazon here:

Specifications
Author: John Dybvig

ISBN: 978-0-9922542-4-7

ebook format

RRP US$2.99


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How to Survive as a New Dad at Fifty

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by John Dybvig

Have you ever had the urge to walk out on your life – to stop and start again?

Californian John Dybvig has made a habit of it. He’s travelled the world, changing jobs more than 100 times in search of happiness. He’s done everything from coach professional sport to acting roles in Hollywood blockbusters. He’s left a trail of broken relationships but finally found true love to become a dad at 50 and a house husband at 60.

The Crazy Lives of John Dybvig is his collection of books in which he shares the twists and turns of his amazing life – stories that will always make you laugh, sometimes make you want to cry and could make you wonder about your own life and where it’s going.

Follow this larger-than-life lunatic as he rampages through the United States, Australia and New Zealand in a quest for contentment.

How to Survive as a New Dad at Fifty is Dybvig’s entertaining and heart-warming story of how his wild man personality was tamed by the birth of his children.

Other books in this series are How to Survive as a D-List Celebrity, How to Survive Travel as a Loud American, How to Survive as a Sports Jock with Attitude, How to Survive 103 Jobs and The Mob, How to Survive Falling in Love on the 3rd Strike and How to Survive as a Big Actor with Small Parts.

The entire series (with bonus chapter) is available in a single ebook collection – The Crazy Lives of John Dybvig.

* Some of the stories in this series have also appeared in our print memoir of Dybvig’s chaotic life, The Two of Me.

What the reviewers say

‘John is a great writer. Honest!’ – Graeme Hill, Radio Live.

John Dybvig

John Dybvig

About the author

John Dybvig is a writer, broadcaster and actor who coaches speech and basketball (usually against his best judgement). He’s often described as the loudest man in New Zealand. He lives in Auckland.

 

 

 

You can preview and buy the ebook at Amazon here:

Specifications
Author: John Dybvig

ISBN: 978-0-9922542-0-9

ebook format

RRP US$2.99


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How to Survive as a Sports Jock with Attitude

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by John Dybvig

Have you ever had the urge to walk out on your life – to stop and start again?

Californian John Dybvig has made a habit of it. He’s travelled the world, changing jobs more than 100 times in search of happiness. He’s done everything from coach professional sport to acting roles in Hollywood blockbusters. He’s left a trail of broken relationships but finally found true love to become a dad at 50 and a house husband at 60.

The Crazy Lives of John Dybvig is his collection of books in which he shares the twists and turns of his amazing life – stories that will always make you laugh, sometimes make you want to cry and could make you wonder about your own life and where it’s going.

Follow this larger-than-life lunatic as he rampages through the United States, Australia and New Zealand in a quest for contentment.

How to Survive as a Sports Jock with Attitude is Dybvig’s hilarious account of his chaotic career as a professional basketball coach. He’s started riots, nearly frozen to death and been banned for life from one town in his efforts to coach championship teams.

Other books in this series are How to Survive as a D-List Celebrity, How to Survive Travel as a Loud American, How to Survive Being a New Dad at Fifty, How to Survive 103 Jobs and The Mob, How to Survive Falling in Love on the 3rd Strike and How to Survive as a Big Actor with Small Parts.

The entire series (with bonus chapter) is available in a single ebook collection – The Crazy Lives of John Dybvig.

* Some of the stories in this series have also appeared in our print memoir of Dybvig’s chaotic life, The Two of Me.

What the reviewers say

‘John is a great writer. Honest!’ – Graeme Hill, Radio Live.

John Dybvig

John Dybvig

About the author

John Dybvig is a writer, broadcaster and actor who coaches speech and basketball (usually against his best judgement). He’s often described as the loudest man in New Zealand. He lives in Auckland.

 

 

 

You can preview and buy the ebook at Amazon here:

Specifications
Author: John Dybvig

ISBN: 978-0-9922542-0-9

ebook format

RRP US$2.99