Robbie Burton is a tramper and book publisher, who has had a life-long passion for the wild places of New Zealand. In his deeply personal memoir Bushline, he reflects on his early life, his adventures in the outdoors, and how this interest has been interwoven into his career at the helm of Potton & Burton, one of New Zealand’s largest independent publishers. Highly Commended for the 2023 NZ Mountain & Adventure Narrative Award.
Robbie Burton is a tramper, mountain-lover and book publisher, who has had a life-long infatuation with the wild places of New Zealand. In this memoir, Bushline, he recalls a childhood in which the natural world played a central part, and led to a youthful obsession with tramping, skiing and mountaineering. In his long career at the helm of Potton & Burton, one of New Zealand’s largest independent publishers, he has continued this interest by publishing many significant books about the outdoors and our natural history. Bushline is a blend of reflection about the backcountry and the people who inhabit it, the authors who write about it and the books they have produced, as well as an inside view into independent publishing in Aotearoa. Ultimately, though, it is a book about belonging, and how a life has been shaped by the power and beauty of the New Zealand landscape.
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Listen to Robbie’s interview with Kim Hill RNZ Saturday Morning
Listen to Robbie’s interview with Ruth Todd in BookEnz
Read review in Backcountry
Read review in Otago Daily Times
Read review by Alison Ballance for Kete Books
Read review in Waiheke Weekender
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