Wednesday, June 8, 2011

BULL CANYON - A Boatbuilder, a Writer and other Wildlife

Lin Pardey
Paradise Cay Publications - NZ$40.00

In 1980 - fresh from an eleven year journey, where Lin & Larry forged the early years of their marriage on high seas and in exotic locales - they came to California looking for a good spot to build a boat, test Lin's skills as a writer, and taste the apparent security life ashore could offer.
Nestled in a rocky outcrop of sparsely populated dirt roads, sixty miles from the sea and fifty miles from Los Angeles, Bull Canyon would seem an unlikely place for boat-building. Yet when Lin and Larry set eyes on the abandoned stone cottage at the top of a rutted, dusty lane, it was love at first sight. The house was certainly a fixer-upper, but there was plenty of room to build a boat, peace, quiet, and an abundance of natural beauty. They knew they'd come home.

Lin and Larry now live on Kawau Island, near Auckalnd.
New Zealand has been their home for the past 26 years and Bull Canyon tells of their life before settling here. Lin has written ten successful nautical books (several translated into four languages) prior to this new title which she says was written at the urging of the enthusiastic members of the Kawau Island Bookworms Reading group.
It is a charming story told with humour and candour, it is part memoir, part adventure, part love story, a story of victories and failures, all told in a heart warming style.

Bull Canyon is being launched in Auckland this evening.
The distributors for the book in this part of the world are Boat Books Ltd., 22 Westhaven Drive, Auckland.

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