By Dougherty, Ian
Southern Spirit: The People and Places of Southland is Ian Dougherty's take on a region he regards as part of his extended back yard. The book is a celebration of southern landscapes, from the fantastic fiords in the west and across the green plains to a fossil forest in the east.... It introduces readers to unique flora and fauna, from one of the world's rarest plants to some of its rarest birds. It serves up a platter of mouth-watering delicacies, from oysters to cheese rolls. It acquaints readers with old and new settlers, authors and artists, brewers and distillers, champion shearers and sawyers, and machines and the people who collect them. Finally, it lays out the region as an enormous playground relished by locals and visitors alike.Read more
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Journalist and author Ian Dougherty has spent much of his life in the south of New Zealand. He was born and raised in Dunedin and has an MA in history from Otago University. He has worked as a journalist in Invercargill and taught journalism at the Southland Polytechnic (Southern Institute of Technology). He spent several years living in the fishing village of Waikawa on the region's south-east coast. His keen interest in tramping has given him a first-hand knowledge and love of Southland and its out of the way places. He is the author of 28 books on New Zealand history, biography, culture and society, from a biography of a southern folk hero: Arawata Bill: The Story of Legendary Gold Prospector William James O'Leary; to a book on Southland's champion netball side: Southern Sting: The Team That Inspired a Region.
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