Neville Peat, award winner, photographer, and adventurer, has ten books with OUP, most of them natural history titles and local guides. An exception was his memoir Detours, a travel classic published in 1982 and based on his 1980-81 bike ride from North Cape to Bluff. Twenty-five years later, Peat was convinced by Wendy Harrex that his story deserved a dusting off and more daylight. For a new introduction, he retraced his journey in a car, which he maintained 'when it comes to gauging first impressions of small places, a car is a blunt instrument. Behind glass, you whip in and out of town in no time.' Peat re-used his old photographs for illustrations, and designer Paul Charters produced that 'generation-back' grainy effect using Photoshop. Detours (2007) was printed by Astra Print in Wellington.
Neville Peat, Detours. A Journey through Small-town New Zealand (A Generation On) (2007).