Books and Boots: The Story of New Zealand Publisher, Writer and Long Distance Walker

Author(s): Ian Dougherty

Biography / Memoir

Remembered by many as an eccentric folk hero who walked the length of New Zealand at the age of 85, and from Sydney to Melbourne at the age of 89, Alf (A.H.)Reed was a pioneering publisher, prolific author and selfless benefactor. Leaving school at the age of 12, he transcended his working roots in New Zealand's Northland gumfields tofound the publishing firm of AH & AW Reed. He and his wife Belle were devout Christians and the firm's first books were for Sunday schools. But he was also a shrewd businessman and with his nephew Cliff (A.W.)Reed, published a growing range of books on New Zealand's landscape and lifestyle. After his official retirement in 1940, he wrote prodigiously, including books about his long-distance walks. When he was home, he devoted time and funds to building up a collection of rare books and manuscripts at the Dunedin Public Library. This biography offers an engaging portrait of Alf Reed, his beloved Belle, his ceaseless activity and his many contributions to the wider community.


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1 Crippling conditions 2 A type of escape; 3 Alfo and Bello 4 Church business 5 Onward Christian soldiers 6 Bound for glory 7 Capital moves 8 Collect calling 9 Hearts in the hereafter 10 Partial release 11 Rare gifts 12 Happy hunting grounds 13 Foot Prints 14 Phar Lap in boots 15 His story 16 Good news, bad reviews 17 Fight the good fight 18 Morality matters 19 An old gumdigger Bibliography

General Fields

  • : 9781877372124
  • : Otago University Press
  • : Otago University Press
  • : November 2005
  • : 235mm X 155mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ian Dougherty
  • : Hardback
  • : 070.5092
  • : 252
  • : b/w & colour photos