366 days of gratitude


The request to do book reviews on the local radio station came at just the right time.

With two pre-schoolers, one of whom had multiple disabilities, I wasn’t in a position to take on full time work but the offer gave me the excuse to read and call it work.

One of the books in the first pile I was given to review was Grievous Bodily  by Craig Harrison.*

It made me laugh out loud and has done each of the many times I’ve re-read it.

I came across it again last night, started reading and with a very few minutes was laughing.

It’s one of very few books I’ve read that have that affect and with every laugh I’m grateful for it.

*( It was published in 1991 and probably only available second-hand now).

The Dumpster Saga


Ben, the narrator of The Dumpster Saga is contending with aliens, secret agents, a bothersome little brother, he’s trying to impress a girl and he’s got a job which requries him to wear a bear suit.

That might not be much fun for Ben but it’s a lot of fun for the reader.

The Dumpster Saga, by Craig Harrison was a finalist in last year’s children’s book awards. It’s aimed at older children and teenagers but like any good young people’s book will be enjoyed by adults too.

I gave copies to a friend and a niece who are teachers and both then bought class sets of it.


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Post 24 in the post a day for New Zealand Book Month challenge

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Deborah at In A Strange Land posts on Home is the High Country by Mona Anderson, illustrated by David Cowe.

Grievous Bodily


Craig Harrsion is the author of Quiet Earth  which is a very dark novel.

Grievous Bodily couldn’t be more different. It’s a laugh-out-loud story of which begins with the discovery of $100,000. That leads to chaos which the finders couldn’t have imagined including mistaken identity, thwarted lust and  close encounters with cow pats, puddings and pigs’ heads.

It’s another of the books I re-read each year and I laugh just as much with each re-reading as I did with the first.

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It’s out of print now, you’ll have to try Trade Me or second hand shops. It was read on Afternoons a year or two ago so an audio copy may still be available.

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Deborah at In A Strange Land has been reading Mitch and Monty by Kathy Scott, illustrated by Alex Scott.

Rob posts on Ian Grant’s The Unauthorised Version at Rob’s Blockhead.

And over at No Minister, Psycho Milt doesn’t want to be reading fiction as some kind of civic duty.

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