This book profiles some 15 great eccentrics from the High Country of the South Island; men who have led interesting and diverse lives working on the land in this dramatic landscape. It is rich with quirky characters and hair-raising experiences. Mountain Men will evoke memories of a more innocent time in New Zealand and remind many readers of their roots. It serves to highlight, even honour, the especially hard lives these jokers had to contend with, particularly by modern standards. The photography, which is utterly beguiling, is a mixture of portrait profiles and landscapes.
Rachel Goodchild writes for magazines such as Next, Woman's Weekly and Her Business and contributes to a range of publications in the UK and Asia. She published She'll Be Right with Penguin in 2007, and is already working on another. Having lived in Canterbury for some time (she recently relocated to Auckland for work) she has a good understanding of the people and places in her community.