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Beyond Cook’s Gardens (ISBN 978-0473-16332-7)

Norman Harris - 2010

Cooks Gardenscover

A Writer’s Journey – Memoirs of Norman Harris.

"Add Norman Harris' name to the list of New Zealand sports-writing greats, a pantheon peopled by T.P. McLean, Dick Brittenden, Alex Veysey et al. His entertaining elegy to a golden sporting age kicks off at Wanganui's Cook's Garden where he watched [Peter] Snell shatter the world mile record in 1962. Harris writes lyrically and with a decent dollop of dry wit about being assaulted by All Black prop Keith Murdoch, digging deep into Olympic legend Jack Lovelock's tragic end ... An enjoyable read for sports buffs." (Tony Smith, Waikato Times, 24 April 2010)

Beyond Cook's Gardens, an absorbing potpourri of the author's varied experiences throughout many long years of reporting sport, will probably be appreciated not only by sports lovers. It contains 21 monochrome photographs. (Clarke Isaacs, Otago Daily Times, 10 April 2010)