Allan Dick, lifelong journalist, founder of NZ Today magazine and curator of the Facebook page, 'Oamaru Today', has read Penguins under the Porch. Here's what he said about it:
YOU ARE INVITED . . . .
I have just finished reading David Harbourne's book, "Penguins Under the Porch". It is a remarkable book by a Yorkshireman who stumbled across Oamaru four years or so ago while on a NZ tour with his daughter. Inspired by his brief time here, he decided to return, spend several weeks here and write a book about this place.
The result is a captivating read and a book that should be on the shelf of every Oamaruvian.
In his time here, I got to know David and I was left breathless by the energy he put into researching his material — meeting people and not afraid to ask questions.
The book follows a format of a chapter that looks at why such and such a thing happened in Oamaru, blended with chapters on Oamaru and its people as he sees them today. It is not a history book. It is not confrontational, it doesn't address "issues" — it is simply a bloody good yarn about this place that we live in — and love.
"Penguins Under the Porch" is available now at Paper Plus, but also come along and meet David at the library [on 31 May].
He's a lovely bloke and I promise you — you will love his book.
Thanks, Allan - cheers!