The Life and Times of a Good Keen Man

The Life and Times of a Good Keen Man
The Life and Times of a Good Keen Man
The Life and Times of a Good Keen Man

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Barry Crump
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Title: The Life and Times of a Good Keen Man
Author(s): CRUMP, Barry
Category: New Zealand
New / Used: Used
Book Type: Small hardcover
Published: 1992
Published By: Barry Crump Associates
Pages: 237
Size (mm): 155 w x 240 h x 20 d


Immaculate original condition, light handling wear on covers, otherwise as new. Images depict all need to know details.


Barry Crump wrote his first book A GOOD KEEN MAN in 1960. It became a bestseller, as did his numerous other books which followed. His most famous and best-loved New Zealand character is Sam Cash, who features in Hang on a Minute Mate, Crump's second book. Between them, these two books have sold over 400,000 copies and continue to sell at an amazing rate, some 30 years later. 

Crump began his working life as a a professional hunter, culling deer and pigs in some the ruggedest country in New Zealand. After the runaway success of his first book, he has pursued many diverse activities, including goldmining, radio talkback, white-baiting, television presenting, crocodile shooting, acting and numerous other activities. 

Illustrated with B&W photos.

About the Author.

Barry Crump MBE (1935-1996) was a New Zealand author of semi-autobiographical comic novels based on his image as a rugged outdoors man. Taken together his novels have sold more than a million copies domestically, equating to one book sold for every four New Zealanders. Born in Papatoetoe, Auckland, Crump worked for many years as a government deer-culler in areas of New Zealand native forest (termed bush). He collected his experiences in his first novel A Good Keen Man in 1960. This novel became one of the most popular in New Zealand history, and Crump's success continued with the more fictional Hang on a Minute Mate (1961), One of Us (1962), There and Back (1963), Gulf (1964), A Good Keen Girl (1970), Bastards I Have Met ( Graham Kirk ) (1971), and others, which capitalized on the appeal of his good-natured itinerant self-sufficient characters and idiomatic "blokey" writing style. Crump travelled throughout Australia (where he hunted crocodiles), Europe, Turkey, and India, the result of which was his conversion to the Bah Faith by 1982. He married five times, including a one-year marriage to the poet Fleur Adcock and a longer marriage to Robin Lee-Robinson, and had nine sons and no daughters.

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