If you can’t find the book…

(picked up from Facebook where Shane had shared it)

Slater’s first book topic revealed

After putting out some teasers last week about his first book (with many more promised) Cameron Slater has revealed the title of his book which gives a bit of an idea about the subject matter.


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This may or may not address issues around ‘Dirty Politics’.

And that may or may not annoy people who have already ordered copies of the book.

People who have followed Whale Oil over that past few years may guess about some of the possible content as unions and their finances have been covered.

UPDATE: Slater has added this in comments:

Nicky Hager told a story about me and framed me in a certain light. That was what he wanted. It became apparent to me in researching and preparing a counter book that I couldn’t do that without first exploring what it is that drives me, how I came to be who I am and so I have and am preparing numerous books that explore those themes.

This is the first one and starts where I started…my first experiences working under unions…and how I came to distrust and dislike unions and why. This is the first time unions have had the microscope put on them…what we have found is interesting.

So Slater has linked this to his promised Dirty Politics counter revelations by saying it explores what drives him and he is “preparing numerous books that explore those themes”. It could take quite a while and quite a few books to get to the actual Dirty Politics counter story then.

I presume this isn’t aimed at being a money making venture with more instalments than Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, the box office appeal is substantially lower than  for a fantasy fight fest series.

ANOTHER THOUGHT: Commonly quote in politics – under promise and over deliver. Slater has been promising a counter to Dirty Politics for a year or more, and his first book at least seems like a major under delivery.

Treasure discovered – a new Dr Seuss book

This could be cool – a book manuscript was found amongst Dr Seuss’ stuff and is being published this year:

Dr Seuss stood apart for writing very quirky and entertaining kids books that adults enjoyed/enjoy reading. Interesting storylines and rhythmic prose.

Radio NZ reports: New Dr Suess book discovered

The author, whose real name was Theodor Geisel, was probably the world’s best known children’s writer and illustrator. His books have sold more than 650 million copies.

The manuscript for What Pet Should I Get? was discovered in a box at his home by his widow Audrey in 2013.

“While undeniably special, it is not surprising to me that we found this because Ted always worked on multiple projects and started new things all the time – he was constantly writing and drawing and coming up with ideas for new stories,” she said.

Susan Brandt, president of licensing and marketing for Dr Seuss Enterprises, said she was alerted to the find by Geisel’s long time secretary and friend Claudia Prescott, who was helping Audrey Geisel clear out the author’s office.

“We had no idea what we were in store for when Claudia notified us of the materials discovered in Ted’s home,” she told Nine to Noon.

“Pages and pages of manuscripts and sketches were laid out on the big glass dining room table. It was truly a magical moment, and we immediately knew this was more than just a box of sketches.”

It is believed the manuscript was written between 1958 and 1962.

What Pet Should I Get? features the brother and sister from Geisel’s 1960 book, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

She said book dealt with the classic dilemma for children of choosing their first pet – and in true Dr Seuss style there were some unusual choices.

The book would be released in July, and Ms Brandt said and there were enough treasures in the boxes to publish at least two more works.

Two more books as well. All have to get in quick to be first to read them to grandkids.

Dr Suess was actually Theodor Seuss Geisel, born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He died in 1991.

All of his grandparents were German immigrants, as were many Americans – with about 50 million descendants, “the largest self-reported ancestry group ahead of Irish Americans, African Americans and English Americans”.

A lot lighter reading than the Grimm brothers.

Suess was one of a kind who has entertained many millions of all ages for decades, and his books remain popular.