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Now that Judy and I are travelling free on the buses and the Waiheke Ferry, thanks to Winston’s wonderful Supergold Card, and our joints are afflicted by arthritis, and Alzheimer’s is just around the corner, we feel it’s time to let you do some of the work while we sit back in our rocking chairs sipping champagne.

So things are going to change at Brian Edwards Media. While we’ll continue to contribute our opinions, we want to open up the site to you, our esteemed audience.

In short, we intend to become publishers as well as bloggers. So we’re inviting you to submit original posts on any topic under the sun for publication on the site. You’ve got a readymade audience who can comment on what you’ve written in exactly the same way that they comment now.

Your post will remain at the top of our Home Page for as long as it continues to inspire comment from visitors to the site, or a more interesting or topical post comes along.

Your post can be as short as you like, but with a maximum length – unless we think it’s absolutely brilliant – of 750 words.

If you can supply copyright free photographs or other illustrations to go with your post, that would be good. If not, we’ll look for them ourselves.

The post will, of course, appear under your by-line.

As publishers, we reserve the right to edit, to accept or decline your post, and to remove any material which we consider offensive or defamatory.   

You should send your post by email to, including your name, address and telephone number.

Over to you.  Brian Edwards Media awaits your pearls of wisdom.


Who the hell is buying all these cookbooks?

The leader in the latest Listener looks at the likely effect of the e-book on the publication and sale of the printed word. As a virtual non-reader, now for the first time enjoying reading newspapers, magazines and books on my iPad, I suspect that the effect, if not fatal, will be both negative and significant.

But what interested me most in the Listener editorial was to learn that, in an otherwise flat book market in 2010, Annabel Langbein’s – her surname, if you’re interested, means ‘longlegs’ – The Free Range Cook had sold 88,400 copies. As the Listener rightly pointed out, ‘This is a phenomenal figure for a New Zealand-published book, which would more commonly sell fewer than 5,000.’ ‘Phenomenal’ may almost be an understatement. It’s bloody amazing.

It helps of course to have your own television series. Thanks in no small part to the small screen,  the newly-damed Alison Holst may well have sold more cookbooks than Ms Langbein, but not in a single year. And there were Graham Kerr and Des Britten and Hudson and Halls and others whose names I have forgotten.

But you don’t have to be on television to sell a cookbook. Indeed the cookbook seems to have displaced the sports book as the publication most likely to succeed. Non-fiction authors expecting their just-published memoir to head  the top-ten-selling non-fiction books in any one week, are likely to find themselves at #9 for the first week and nowhere at all thereafter. To rub salt into the wound, six of the books above them will have been cookbooks. As a nation we appear to be obsessed with food. And our obsession is fed and fattened by television, where you can not only see three cooking programmes on a single channel on a single evening, but indulge yourself in non-stop, 24-hour viewing of channels devoted to nothing else.

You can of course do that for free, or virtually for free. But you have to buy a cookbook. So the question remains – why do Kiwis buy so many cookbooks?  Read the rest of this entry »


Gutter Journalism from the Sunday Star Times

I doubt that Phil Goff and I will ever be close mates. But he has my sympathy today. When I opened my Sunday Star Times this morning, I was confronted by a banner headline: ‘Phil Goff’s daughter busted for drugs’. Two full columns were devoted to the story. Serious stuff, eh.

Well, the facts are that the ‘bust’ took place 6 months ago, at a New Year’s dance party in Sydney; that the drugs were four Ecstacy tablets; and that, following an appeal, no conviction was entered against Goff’s daughter’s name.

This is a nothing more than a piece of grubby newspaper sensationalism, written by Jonathan Marshall a ‘journalist’ flatteringly described in a Listener article as a ‘media pariah’. It is neither current nor relevant.  Its sole purpose is to embarrass the Leader of the Opposition.

And to add insult to injury, it ends with this:

‘News of his daughter’s arrest has come at an unwelcome time for Phil Goff… Polls have had him lagging way behind National’s John Key.’

My guess is that this piece of junk may attract some sympathy from the voting public and I hope it does.

In the meantime, the editor of the Sunday Star Times should hold his head in shame.

As for Jonathan Marshall, he might consider returning to Britain’s most disreputable newspaper, the News of the World, where he belongs.