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Burt Munro: The Lost Interviews
Burt Munro: The Lost Interviews

Burt Munro: The Lost Interviews


192 Pages, 6 x 9.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $26.95 (US $26.95) (CA $35.95)

Publication Date: October 2016

ISBN 9780143573982

Rights: US & CA

Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited (Oct 2016)

Price: $26.95


Previously unpublished interviews with Burt Munro, legendary Kiwi motorcycle rider made famous in the movie The World's Fastest Indian

Invercargill, at the far southern end of New Zealand. It's the late 1960s and two blokes sit in a modest shed drinking tea. The old bloke is telling stories about his life; the young bloke, a junior reporter, is typing earnestly on his Olympia portable typewriter. Dramatic tales abound—of youthful scrapes, motorcycle races, and ingenious repairs, of international travel and friendships and road trips, of high speeds and accidents and meetings with dutiful policemen. Burt Munro became known around the world through the 2005 movie The World's Fastest Indian, but had long been known to motorcycle fans as a colorful character and speed record-holder. Our young journalist, Neill Birss, moved away from Invercargill and the interviews he had typed out were never published. In fact, they only resurfaced under strange circumstances many decades later. Here, Munro's voice is as fresh and his stories as vivid as the day he told them to the young reporter.

Author Biography

Neill Birss is a business and technology reporter.