A Land of Two Halves

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Simon and Schuster, 2005 - Travel - 314 pages
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After ten years in New Zealand, Joe Bennett asked himself what the hell he was doing there. Other than his dogs, what was it about these two small islands on the edge of the world that had kept him - an otherwise restless traveller - for really much longer than they seemed to deserve? It wasn't the sheep, the hobbits had left, and they could no longer claim the best rugby team in the world - what else was there? Bennett thought he'd better pack his bag and find out. Hitching around both the intriguingly named North and South Islands, with an eye for oddity and a taste for conversation, Bennett began to remind himself of the reasons New Zealand is quietly seducing the rest of the world.
 

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DNF. I found it hard to read this book. It's like talking to a person without humor who constantly tries to throw a joke. Read full review

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The writer smokes, likes beer and steak well done - like a running shoe. He also writes well, but with such unaccountable negativity that the overall tone of the book is rather depressing. All the ... Read full review

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Contents

The Introduction mate
1
The South Island
5
On the dogless road
7
On the road with God
22
Ecco homo with ditch on the Day of the Dead
37
Popular mucus
54
In the friendly arsehole
64
The chocbox of indifference
75
Palmy bloody Palmy
169
Hellebore to Deco
178
Snot snot Huka hooker
190
Sulphuric All Blacks
205
Lala lands
219
Towards bananas
225
Holiday money
235
Familia blues and trees
246

Buddy Halftail
90
Trussed like a duck to shuffle the plank
105
Noise in nowhere
115
Wanaka Wordsworth
127
Up Ship Creek
137
Vinously underelevated
150
See George go home
162
The North Island
167
Giants
254
From the end of the world to grapefruit
263
Bungleville
271
Where war began
283
Mars in Sin City
295
Both and each
305
Dog home
313
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About the author (2005)

Joe Bennett was born in Brighton and since leaving Cambridge University has taught English in a variety of countries including Canada, Spain and New Zealand. He lives in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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