Posted by John Wilson on October 07, 2019 at 01:45:13 user hugo.
A New Zealand Ransome fan Jack Lazenby died on 27 September aged 88 (born 1931); he wrote books for children like "Charlie the Cheeky Kea" and "Uncle Trev and his Whistling Bull", edited the government "School Journal" and lectured in English at the Wellington Teachersí College. In his series about "Aunt Effie" she wore slacks, smoked, drank beer and had a fast (motor?) boat.
He read to his daughter from the S&A books while she was recuperating in hospital, and got a book on sailorís knots to help his daughter to plait her hair. She learned to chop and stack firewood, row a boat and clean a rifle. He got his two step-children to sleep on sheepskins on the floor rather than beds. As a young man he had an outdoors background in deer-culling and possum-trapping (both regarded as pests in New Zealand although the Australian possum is protected in its home country!).
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