Books and Boots: The Story of New Zealand Publisher, Writer and Long Distance Walker, Alfred Hamish Reed

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University of Otago Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 252 pages
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A.H. Reed's enduring contribution to his adopted homeland was as a publisher, writer, and benefactor, but he is fondly remembered by many as a long-distance walker. He was born in England in 1875 and migrated to New Zealand with his family in 1887. With the barest of formal education, he transcended his working roots in the Northland gumfields to found and nurture the publishing firm of A.H. & A.W. Reed. The firm's first publications were for Sunday schools, as Reed and his wife Belle were dedicated Christians. But Reed was also a keen businessman, and expanded his publishing to include a growing range of books on New Zealand history and culture. He officially retired in 1940 but continued to be involved in the firm's publishing policy. He wrote prodigiously, with significant contributions to travel writing in books about his long-distance walks. This biography offers an engaging portrait of 'Alf', his love of Belle, his ceaseless activity, his humble life, his generosity, and his many contributions to the wider community. It is an interesting and accessible portrait of a fascinating man. The book includes a bibliography of his works.

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