Oh Boy: A sto­ry­book of epic NZ men By Stu­art Lip­shaw, Pen­guin Random House, $45 .. .. .. .. .. ..

Manawatu Guardian - - BOOKS - — Linda Thomp­son

This is one of those books boys — and girls — are likely to re­mem­ber into adult­hood.

In­side its bright yel­low cover there are many kinds of hero, all of them Ki­wis.

Not nec­es­sar­ily the blokes do­ing dar­ing wartime ex­ploits — although Willie Api­ata and Charles Upham are there — or sav­ing oth­ers’ lives, like sur­geon Archibald McIn­doe. These are Kiwi blokes who broke through ob­sta­cles to fol­low their dreams or cre­ate some­thing unique. They range from run­ners (Arthur Ly­di­ard) and rugby play­ers (yes, Richie and Jonah are in there and too many sports peo­ple), bal­let dancers (Jon Trim­mer) and co­me­di­ans (Bret Mcken­zie and Je­maine Cle­ment) to the late oph­thal­mol­o­gist Fred Hol­lows, ar­chi­tect Ian Ath­field and artist Ralp Hotere.

These 50 he­roes changed the world with a shovel, a mi­cro­scope or an idea. Their di­ver­sity is what makes this book valu­able to in­spire young lads to fol­low their own dreams and make a dif­fer­ence.

The il­lus­tra­tions are all dif­fer­ent, car­toon­ish or painterly, by 10 dif­fer­ent artists. An in­spir­ing book to in­spire and chal­lenge young peo­ple — boys or girls — to do some­thing with their lives and nur­ture their as­pi­ra­tions.

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