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On the press: From Kabul with Love October 22, 2010

Posted by Andrew Killick (Publishing Manager) in 3. Castle Books, From Kabul with Love.
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Book coverThe next Castle title is now on the press. From Kabul with Love is an utterly unique book – it follows the adventures of New Zealander Howard Harper, as he embarks as a medical worker into Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The story is told through letters sent between Howard and Monika Harper, and Howard’s father, Auckland Pharmacist, Stan Harper.

Howard sets off as a young man in the 1950s first of all to Pakistan, and then to study medicine in England. In England he meets and marries a young nurse, Monika, before heading back to Pakistan – driving overland from England with a caravan in tow. Their adventures eventually take them to Afghanistan in the 1960s to work with the blind and provide relief aid.

What is remarkable about this book is the honesty of the letters. They reveal the human face of life in extremely challenging environments and of those at home in 1950s and 60s New Zealand.

Publication of this book coincides with Howard Harper being awarded the prestigious 2010 Augusta Award from Auckland Grammar School. Past winners have included many well-known New Zealanders, including Sir Ed Hillary.

For Castle, the other thing that has made this project unique is that it has been a truly international effort. Howard and Monika currently live in the UK. The compiler of the book, Howard and Monika’s daughter, Dr Faith Goldberg, lives in Israel. Meanwhile, the book is being published here in New Zealand and is printing in both NZ and the UK.

With an article about Howard appearing in The Listener this week, and other coverage surrounding his award, we’re looking forward to more people finding out about about this remarkable New Zealander and reading From Kabul with Love.

For more information and to purchase the book online, visit the Castle website.

Reprinting: What’s God Up To… October 20, 2010

Posted by Andrew Killick (Publishing Manager) in 4. Castle Distributed Books, What's God Up To On Planet Earth?.
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What’s God Up To On Planet Earth? is about to enter its second New Zealand printing. And, what’s more, it’s also been picked up by American publishing house Wipf & Stock who will be producing an edition of the book for the North American market. I love a publishing success story.

The best thing about this, as far as Castle is concerned, is that a book that we’ve believed in for a long time (ever since Mark Keown brought an early version of the manuscript to us a few years ago) is starting to be recognised in the marketplace. Reprints and different editions are evidence that the book is going to reach more people, and that’s a great thing.

For more info about What’s God Up On Planet Earth? or to order a copy, visit the Castle website.