Millbrook reg­u­lar back­drop in hu­morists’s work

‘Very much a South Is­land book’

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

More than the odd gig­gle should be an­tic­i­pated when Ar­row­town man John Lap­s­ley launches his new collection of col­umns and sto­ries tonight at Millbrook. Lap­s­ley is yet an­other ex­am­ple of a suc­cess­ful New Zealan­der who has made his name, and money, over­seas be­fore shift­ing to the Wakatipu and con­tin­u­ing to qui­etly gen­er­ate great work. A for­mer news­pa­per colum­nist with The Aus­tralian and The Sun Herald he left writ­ing and jour­nal­ism to a ca­reer as a busi­ness en­tre­pre­neur. His Syd­ney-owned call cen­tre, mar­ket re­search and man­power was best known for its work around large com­pany floats and takeovers – work­ing on more than 200 pub­lic com­pany takeovers. He re­turned to writ­ing in 2004 af­ter sell­ing his firm to an Amer­i­can multi-na­tional and mak­ing New Zealand his pri­mary res­i­dence. AtMyWit’s End is Lap­s­ley’s third book and his first self-pub­lished. ‘‘This is very much a South Is­land book and frankly, pub­lish­ers are not much in­ter­ested,’’ he told the Mir­ror. ‘‘How­ever, I’ve got a very good dis­trib­u­tor, Na­tion­wide Book Dis­trib­u­tors, and they’ve got it into the ma­jor shops.’’ His work leans heav­ily on anec­dote – busi­ness, jour­nal­ism, golf, fam­ily, re­li­gion, noth­ing is sa­cred – and takes the reader on short jour­neys with un­ex­pected, al­most al­ways com­i­cal, turns and fre­quently fin­ish­ing with a few words of twisted wis­dom, if not an aw­ful pun. There is also plenty of lo­cal con­tent with The In­con­ve­nient Name­sake a story about the dif­fer­ing abil­i­ties of him­self on the golf­ing green and the more well known golfer Jim Lap­s­ley. Sir Michael Hill’s golf­ing pants have a part in the story too. Millbrook also pro­vides a reg­u­lar back­drop, not least of which is in the short story The Millbrook Golf Mur­der – Death of a Rules Nazi.

AtMyWit’sEnd – Col­umns and Sto­ries by John Lap­s­ley.

The Mir­ror has two copies of John Lap­s­ley’s hi­lar­i­ous new book to give­away. To go in the draw to win email us on mir­ror@stl.co.nz with ‘‘At My Wit’s End’’ in the sub­ject line. Please make sure to in­clude your con­tact de­tails in­clud­ing phone num­ber.

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