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Sad news October 25, 2011

Posted by Andrew Killick (Publishing Manager) in 3. Castle Books, 5. News, From Kabul with Love.
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We at Castle were very saddened to hear of the recent passing of Dr Howard Harper.

The following is an excerpt from the obituary in the New Zealand Herald:

HARPER, Dr Howard Fife FRCF.¬†Passed away peacefully in London on 19 October 2011 after a lengthy illness, aged 80 years. It can truly be said that “a mighty Totara has fallen”. Raised in New Zealand, he spent 50 years of his life with his beloved wife Monica, in pioneering missionary and medical work in Central Asia. He was an indefatigable character who kept his focus on enabling people to see again physically and spiritually until the last weeks of his life.

At Castle we were honoured to be able to help tell his story through working on the book which his daughter Faith Goldberg compiled. He was a truly inspirational man who touched the lives of thousands of people. It is wonderful to think that this mostly unsung hero received some recognition in his home country towards the end of his life. We believe that his life and legacy will continue to be treasured for many years to come.

An award-winning subject May 9, 2011

Posted by Andrew Killick (Publishing Manager) in 3. Castle Books, From Kabul with Love.
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Last year, when we began publicising the excellent book From Kabul with Love, we described the subject of the book, Dr Howard Harper, as being “one of New Zealand’s unsung heroes”. The wonderful thing is that since then, Howard has become a lot more “sung”!

The original publication of the book coincided with Howard being awarded the Augusta Award – a distinguished “old boys” award from Auckland Grammar, an award previously received by such people as Sir Edmund Hillary.

Last month, Howard was again honoured, this time with the Supreme Award at the KEA 2011 World Class New Zealand Awards.

Here’s an interview from the KEA event in which he pays tribute to his faith and the reasons why he has invested his life in helping the people of Afghanistan and nearby countries (and continues to do so)…

Dr Howard Harper interview at World Class New Zealand Awards 2011 from World Class New Zealand on Vimeo.

Interview with Howard Harper November 9, 2010

Posted by Andrew Killick (Publishing Manager) in 3. Castle Books, 5. News, From Kabul with Love.
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A superb interviewed aired today on Radio NZ’s National Radio with Howard Harper – the subject of the new Castle book From Kabul with Love.

This interview follows on the heels of a brilliant cover story on Dr Harper which appeared in the Listener.

So, for your listening and reading pleasure:

Audio of the National Radio interview is here.

And the full text of the Listener article is here.

And of course you’ll also want to get the book – it’s available from Whitcoulls or purchase it online at the Castle website here.

Contact us with any comments or enquiries.


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.