Quinn hits NZ top 10 list

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

In less than a week of hit­ting the shelves, a ’’no holds barred’’ book about the self-made mil­lion­aire Tony Quinn is sit­ting on the New Zealand Book­seller’s Top 10 list.

The book, Zero to 60, was of­fi­cially launched at High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park in Cromwell on Thurs­day, in front of a sell­out crowd of 230.

Quinn owns the mo­tor­sport park, as well as Hamp­ton Downs, RJ’s Liquorice and Dar­rell Lea Con­fec­tionery.

In­tro­duc­ing Quinn to the crowd, High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park chief oper­at­ing of­fi­cer Josie Spil­lane said in less than a week of its re­lease, the ‘‘no holds barred’’ book was in the Nielsen Weekly Bestsellers Top 10 list.

Quinn said he wrote the book not be­cause he was an ‘‘ego­tis­ti­cal ma­niac’’ but to record his story for his fam­ily and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

‘‘One of the most valu­able things you can leave is a record of your life. No mat­ter what kind of life you have had. A fam­ily in 100 years time, or 60 years time, can re­fer back to.’’

Quinn’s suc­cess in busi­ness was dif­fi­cult to ex­plain, he said.

‘‘Peo­ple ask me what should I in­vest in. They think I have a magic wand or pink pill. I don’t re­ally know. All I have done is worked harder and longer than my op­po­si­tion.

‘‘I am not fin­ished yet. I still feel young, but I know when I look in the mir­ror I don’t look young. I still feel like I have more to do.’’

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Self-made mil­lion­aire Tony Quinn.

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