by Justin Brown
New Zealanders have endured jokes about sheep for as long as they remember. It goes with the territory in a country where sheep once outnumbered people by more than 20 to 1.
But just as New Zealand’s image as a country overrun by woolly beasts is no longer valid, such is the case for many other facets of Kiwi life.
Is New Zealand still the land of milk and honey, where men worship the gods of rugby, racing and beer and the women know how to whip up a pavlova for dessert?
Author Justin Brown set out on a mission to find out what’s happened to modern New Zealand. 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.
Brown’s findings reveal a side to the nation you might not have expected. His light-hearted approach will make you smile as he turns up some surprises – and the odd sheep joke.
Essential reading for Kiwis – and anyone planning to go to New Zealand.
Other titles in the Myth New Zealand collection are The Greatest Place to Bring Up Kids?; Some of my Best Friends are Metrosexuals; 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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