The Best of Philip Holden
Philip Holden was one of our best-loved authors. His first book, Pack and Rifle, was published in 1971 and detailed his adventures as a deer culler for the New Zealand Forestry service. Encouraged by his initial success he produced another two popular works, Hunter by Profession (1973) and Backblocks (1974). Over the next three decades, Holden gained a dedicated following and reputation amongst the rural and outdoor/ hunting community of New Zealand and Australia. Not just as a narrator of hunting adventures but also as a talented photographer, historian and fictional writer. By the end of his life in 2005 he had firmly established himself as one of New Zealand's most prolific authors with 54 published volumes of work to his credit. This book is a beautiful collection of Philips best-loved stories and photographs designed to continue his legacy and ready to be appreciated by a whole new generation of hunting and outdoor enthusiasts.
Born in Wales in 1937, Philip immigrated with his family to Australia in 1953 where he worked in the outback before coming to New Zealand aged 23. By the time of his death in 2005, he had established himself as one of New Zealand's most prolific authors, with over 50 published works to his credit.