Author(s): Big Al Lester
Once described as 'Barry Crump meets Fred Dagg', 'Big Al' Lester is the modern-day master of the hunting genre. 'I'm often asked what inspired me to take up writing yarns about the mishaps and mayhem that I have endured while venturing into the New Zealand bush. 'In truth, I am an average to poor hunter who has had more hunting cock-ups than the rest of the country combined. For every deer I've successfully shot, dozens have escaped only to hide in the bush peering back at me, clearly laughing at my stupidity. I have always managed to see the funny side of the situation and had a good old laugh at myself. I began to wonder if my stuff-ups, with a bit of humour and mayhem thrown in, might just make for good reading - the oddball, unusual, humorous, weird and fun side of hunting - and gave it a go. I must have got something right.' - 'Big Al' Lester. It's a Bit Rugged, Mate compiles the biggest and best yarns from Big Al's first three books - plenty of fun for those with a good keen sense of humour and a love for New Zealand's wild outdoors.
'BIG AL' LESTER was born in Nelson, the second youngest of four children. As a young man, he played rugby, golf, softball and basketball, all at representative level. Despite these achievements, Al got most pleasure from time spent in the mountains and valleys hunting deer and other wild game. Starting out in the banking industry, Al joined the New Zealand Police at the age of 25. Being a solid 6'4' tall, perhaps he was better suited to the latter role. After doing the hard yards, Al was promoted to his current rank of Detective Sergeant. Now 53, Al is still an avid hunter with a love of the mountains and a liking for beer. He is the author of seven previous hunting titles: Hunting in the Raw (2003), A Bum in the Bush (2004), A Hard Shot in the Hills (2006), Off the Track (2008), Arse-up Creek (2010), Sting in the Tale (2011) and Mad Men of the Mountains (2013). He lives in Christchurch.