High Country Lark-An Invitation to paradise




Wild Dunedin

HIGH COUNTRY LARK - An invitation to Paradise

Publisher: Longacre Press, Dunedin, October 2008

High Country Lark Front Cover

Pages: 199 pp   Soft cover

Available: New

Price: NZ$ 45.00

An unusual summons from an old, itinerant acquaintance — known as the Lark — piques author Neville Peat's curiosity. The invitation to meet in the mountains around Glenorchy is timely: he's keen to head into the high country to investigate recent reports of sightings of the near-extinct kokako.
The South Island high country has an allure all its own. New Zealand's equivalent of the Wild West, it's a rustic, spectacularly beautiful frontier, combining wild alpine beauty, beech forest and mirror-still lakes. The Head of Lake Wakatipu has attracted Maori for the dazzling local pounamu; its sublime beauty has seduced European tourists, artists, writers and farm-holders since the nineteenth century.
Peat sets off on a fascinating trail that takes him deep into the hills to explore local history, legend and land politics. He skilfully blends the
characters and stories of the past — those of Arawata Bill and Joseph Fenn among them — with a powerful sense of place and concerns for the future.
In prose as fine as snow-caps reflected in lake water, Peat brings us an extraordinary region: from the laconic humour of the locals, to the last chance we might have to halt the demise of several threatened native species.
High-Country Lark is the third in Peat's acclaimed Lark series: the first two of which are The Falcon and the Lark and Coasting: The Sea Lion and the Lark.


” . . . a place where mystery is as abundant as moss on a beech-forest floor.”
Otago Daily Times, October 2008

"His writing style is immensely readable, his photographs stunning . . ."
Beattie's Book Blog, November 2008



Neville Peat



1 Cowal Street, Broad Bay
Dunedin, New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 478 0803
Email : npeat1@gmail.com

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