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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869793623
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 252

The Life and Times of a Brown Paper Bag



Beloved television star of Fair Go, Kevin Milne's bestselling memoir is funny, insightful, incisive, moving and all-round entertaining.

Beloved television star of Fair Go, Kevin Milne's bestselling memoir is funny, insightful, incisive, moving and all-round entertaining. He talks of his long television career - 40 years - including 25 years of the long-running, top-rating Fair Go. Kevin writes in a relaxed, laconic style that draws the reader in immediately - he's an excellent story-teller and raconteur. He includes many wonderful anecdotes about the well-known people who have been Fair Go reporters over the years, for example Kerre Woodham, Brian Edwards, Carole Hirschfeld, Kim Hill.

Plus hilarious tales of the best dodgy dealers, scams and rip-off artists that Fair Go has uncovered over the years. His personal story is told with self-deprecating humour and great honesty - it's the story of a boy who really didn't amount to much at school but who went on to make the most of his talents and become a household name.

Kevin writes: 'The Listener magazine wrote, "In an age of glossy packaging, Kevin Milne is a brown paper bag". I think it was meant as a compliment and I'll settle for that. So, welcome to the life and times of a brown paper bag.'

  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781869793623
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 252

About the author

Kevin Milne

Kevin Milne, whose entertaining memoir was published under the title The Life and Times of a Brown Paper Bag — after the infamous comment in The New Zealand Listener: ‘In an age of glossy packaging, Kevin Milne is a brown paper bag’ — was the star of New Zealand television’s longest-running and most beloved show Fair Go. His television career spans over 40 years, and co-hosts numbered among them Kerre Woodham, Brian Edwards, Carol Hirschfeld and Kim Hill. In 2004 he won a Qantas Media Award for Best Presenter, and in 2009 he won the Qantas Awards’ Best Presenter News and Current Affairs. In a Reader’s Digest Poll he was voted New Zealand’s second most-trusted man, after Victoria Cross recipient Willie Apiata.

Beattie’s Book Blog wrote:‘As he [Milne] says, Fair Go stories are all in the telling. So, too, is his memoir. It’s insightful, incisive and constantly entertaining. Kevin’s relaxed and laconic writing and his self-deprecating humour makes this such a joy to read as he talks and laughs about his life, both on and off television.’

Kerre Woodham, reviewing the book for PaperPlus, called the memoir ‘warm and humorous’ and ‘full of wonderful anecdotes’, declaring that Milne, like his brown paper bag moniker, is ‘real’ he’s not one for frippery, and he’s recyclable’.

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