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Jonathan Firth was born and raised in New Zealand and left school at 15 years of age to train as a chef, but soon found that working indoors was not for him. The great outdoors were calling and he left his job to become a fur trapper in the Urawera National Park in New Zealand's central North Island (Possums are an introduced environmental pest in NZ.) He spent the next six years involved in trapping and exporting furs, living in tent camps and huts, and enjoying the solitude of New Zealands wilderness.
At 23 he met the love of his life and married, and he and his wife became dairy farmers, farming for 25 years and raising their three children, before moving to the beautiful Bay of Plenty on the East coast of New Zealand's North Island, where he now enjoys fishing and diving, and drinking cheap white wine!
The author is an avid reader of historical books and novels and is something of a history buff, happily spending hours in old buildings and museums reading all the exhibits and driving his long suffering wife round the bend.
The author writes, "I am proud of my New Zealand heritage and culture, and seek to incorporate this into my writing. My first book, Wairata, (pronounced Why-rah-tah) covers the latter part of the 1800's and early 1900's. This was a time when New Zealand became a nation in it's own right, and the 'can-do' Kiwi spirit was born.
I have really enjoyed writing this novel, and I hope you enjoy the story.