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A Life on Gorge River: New Zealand's Remotest Family
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A Life on Gorge River: New Zealand's Remotest Family

Paperback Series : Life on Gorge River

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Customer reviews

Review by Esther on 15th September, 2011
5 stars "If you love escaping to the wild,this is your book"

Didn't want it to finish. About a true blue kiwi. Love books about the wild & fending for yourself.

Review by ian on 20th June, 2011
"Stop the bus. Robert Long has left the rat race"

Long has done what a lot of kiwis have thought about and often wished for, to go bush and get away from it all. Long has done it for a lot longer than the average kiwi would have ever considered. A unique kiwi book which gives an inside view on kiwi DIY.



Release date Australia
June 4th, 2010
Country of Publication
New Zealand
picture sections
Random House New Zealand Ltd
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All-time sales rank
Top 5000
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Robert Long and his family - wife Catherine, and children Christan (17) and Robyn (14) - live in complete isolation, in a hut two days' walk south of Haast in South Westland. Robert has lived there for nearly 30 years; Catherine for 20 and the kids all their lives. Their only contact with the outside world is a helicopter or plane once a month, and two trips a year to the 'outside world'. This is the story of how and why Robert - known locally as 'Beansprout' - came to live at Gorge River, and the family's experiences there over the years, living self-sufficiently and forging close bonds with the natural environment. It is an inspiring tale of one man's decision to 'drop out' of capitalist society and successfully establish a lifestyle most New Zealanders can't even imagine, harking back to the days of the earliest pioneers.

Author Biography

Robert Long moved to Gorge River in 1980, after dropping out of medical school. He is a talented artist and makes a living for his family from painting and carving, and acting as custodian of DOC's Gorge River hut.

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