Millbrook regular backdrop in humorists’s work
‘Very much a South Island book’
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘‘At My Wit’s End’’ in the subject line. Please make sure to include your contact details including phone number.