The Last Great Adventure of Sir Peter Blake, edited by Alan Sefton (Penguin, RRP $30):
Genuine, true blue adventurers aren’t exactly a dime dozen but here in New Zealand we seem to have more than our fair share.
There was Sir Ed with his mountaineering and tractor-driving escapades, Charles Upham’s bravery and grit. And, of course, Peter Blake — a good Kiwi bloke who much like Sir Ed before him, took his fame and tried to use it to make a difference in the world.
Sir Peter and his team were on their exploration vessel Seamaster, travelling the world to raise awareness of the need to look after our environment.
It was during this trip, at the end of 2001, that Sir Peter was murdered by pirates on the Amazon.
This book has been put together from the Seamaster’s logbooks that had been kept by Sir Peter and offer a fascinating insight into just what made this great Kiwi tick. It also shows how much he cared about our fragile planet.
Careful editing and a selection of stunning photos put you right there on the boat with Sir Peter and his crew.
His death was a huge loss but his message about looking after our planet is still alive.