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  • Published: 23 July 2014
  • ISBN: 9780143572008
  • Imprint: Raupo
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $27.99
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It's a Bit Rugged, Mate




A bumper collection of the biggest and best early yarns by 'Big Al' Lester, New Zealand's modern-day master of the hunting genre.

Once described as 'Barry Crump meets Fred Dagg', 'Big Al' Lester is the modern-day master of the hunting genre.
 
'I'm often asked what inspired me to take up writing yarns about the mishaps and mayhem that I have endured while venturing into the New Zealand bush.'
'In truth, I am an average to poor hunter who has had more hunting cock-ups than the rest of the country combined. For every deer I've successfully shot, dozens have escaped only to hide in the bush peering back at me, clearly laughing at my stupidity. I have always managed to see the funny side of the situation and had a good old laugh at myself. I began to wonder if my stuff-ups, with a bit of humour and mayhem thrown in, might just make for good reading – the oddball, unusual, humorous, weird and fun side of hunting – and gave it a go. I must have got something right.'—'Big Al' Lester
 
It's a Bit Rugged, Mate compiles the biggest and best yarns from Big Al's first three books – plenty of fun for those with a good keen sense of humour and a love for New Zealand's wild outdoors.
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  • Pub date: 23 July 2014
  • ISBN: 9780143572008
  • Imprint: Raupo
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $27.99
Categories:

About the Author

Al Lester

Al Lester was born in Nelson, the second youngest of four children. As a young man, he played rugby, golf, softball and basketball, all at representative level. He even clocked up 125 skydives before moving on to his adult life.

After eight years in banking, Al jumped ship and, in 1985, joined the New Zealand Police. At a solid 6'4", perhaps he was better suited to the latter role. He was drawn to the investigation side of policing and spent 28 years working in the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) as a detective and detective sergeant. Al handed in his handcuffs at age 55, while still in possession of his sense of humour and most of his marbles.

Al is also the author of nine books of hunting yarns and is still an avid hunter with a love of the mountains and a liking for a cold beer.

He lives in Christchurch.

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Praise for It's a Bit Rugged, Mate

“'There is plenty in this book for many hunters and trampers to consume as they generate their enthusiasm levels for another season in the hills.' —Richard Knowler, The Christchurch Press”

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