Below is a review of our launch of ‘Rebel with a Cause’ from former leading New Zealand Publisher and Bookseller Graham Beattie, you can read the full article on his blog at: http://beattiesbookblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/random-day-bookman-attends-two.html
“Wow, this was a biggie. More than 200 turned out for the launch of Ray Avery – Rebel With a Cause.
We were all there as guests of Kiwibank (sponsors of the New Zealander of the Year award of which Ray Avery was the inaugural recipient.), Random House and Sky City with wines from Invivo, Pelorus and Cloudy Bay. It was quite a party.
Brilliantly MC’d by Oscar Kightley, a close friend of Ray Avery, in fact he desribed himself and Ray as brothers from different mothers.Oscar described the book as “an hilariously sad read”.
Other speakers included Sam Knowles CEO of Kiwibank, Jenny Hellen deputy publisher Random House NZ (below right), and then of course the man of the hour, New Zealander of the Year Ray Avery.
In his moving and impressive address spoke of his fondness of New Zealand, “the Antarctica Riviera”, of his philosophy and belief that anyone can achieve anything if they don’t give up no matter how tough things get. He went on to pay special thanks to Kiwibank for recognising Kiwis who are making a difference, Paul Little for ghost-writing the book for him, Random House, Sky City amd Pelorus Wines.
As Jenny Hellen said Ray changes the world, he changes everything and everyone around him.
After the speeches Ray patiently and most graciously signed copies of the book and had his photograph taken with numerous fans for well over an hour with Unity Books reporting sales of close to 150 copies. Bravo.”