Author of Proud reveals what inspired his hilarious political satire debut novel

News 07/03/2019

Fresh from the release of his debut novel, Alastair Carthew joined Magic Mornings with Peter Williams to discuss his new book. 

Proud tells the story of Kid, a man who was raised by Ugandan gorillas, and his unlikely sidekick Ram, a Merino sheep.

The book intertwines historical fiction with searing, deprecating humour. It is full of absurdities and is a 'tour de force' glimpse into New Zealand’s long history of cultural tolerance and integration, Maori mystique, technological innovation, adventurism, our world-famous rugby teams, the anti-nuclear policy, the pervasiveness of sex and alcohol; the artfulness, treachery, and perfidy of politicians, and the disconnect between town and country.