Books and Boots

Books and Boots

'The first time I met Alfred Hamish Reed, I was eight years old. He was 85.' So begins Ian Dougherty's well-illustrated biography on A. H. Reed, famed publisher, author, and benefactor. Reed was also a tireless walker, hence the 'Boots' in the title. He was almost not. Dougherty relates the time when AHR, as a 13 year old, had to make a decision on whether his left leg should be amputated or not. AHR's cussedness produced a definite NO! Reed was a familiar figure in Dunedin, and Dougherty, a journalist and historian, is based in the South. It was appropriate that UOP published this fine read.

Ian Dougherty, Books and Boots. The Story of New Zealand Publishers, Writer and Long Distance Walker Alfred Hamish Reed (2005).

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