Commercial Hotel (Signed Copy)
John Summers moved to Greytoan and began to look closely at the less-celebrated aspects of local life – our club rooms, freezing works, night trains, hotel pubs, landfills – and what he discovered is something of deep significance. It was a story about his own life, but mostly about a place and its people.
Combining reportage and memoir, this collection of essays is a poignant yet often hilarious look at Aotearoa: a place in which Arcoroc mugs and dog-eared political biographies are as much a part of the scenery as the hills we tramp through inadequately prepared. We encounter Elvis impersonators, the eccentric French horn player and adventurer Bernard Shapiro, Norman Kirk balancing timber on his handlebars while cycling to his building site, and Summers’s grandmother: the only woman imprisoned in New Zealand for protesting World War Two. And we meet the ghosts who haunt our loneliest spaces.
Summers Commercial Hotel has unveiled to us a place of life and death in New Zealand we have never quite seen before.
Softcover. Signed Copy.