One of the best sources of information on life in the Tory Channel, now and in its whaling past, is from Lisa's mother-in-law, well-known author Heather Heberley.
While Heather's previous books have documented life on Arapawa Island (including her own battles with a wind-worn garden) and the stories of other women in this harsh environment, her fifth book is the story of her remarkable father-in-law.
Charlie Heberley had whaling in his blood and became a leader in the industry, governed by the whalers' code of honour, and one of the last of a breed of men New Zealand may never see again.
Years before his death in 2000, he became an ardent conservationist, criticising countries that continued whaling.
Heather says the life of Charlie and his cohorts was full of danger, excitement, fierce competition and pranks. "They worked hard and played just as hard," she says.
To win a copy of this fascinating book, published by Cape Catley and valued at $30.60, clip this item from The Marlborough Express on Thursday, April 5 and send it to Whaler, the Marlborough Express, PO Box 242, Blenheim 7240 by 5pm, Thursday, April 12. Write your name, address and daytime phone number on the back of the envelope.
- The Marlborough Express