Ripped Apart - Bob Parker pens quake book

ANNA TURNER
Last updated 14:00 19/09/2012
Ripped Apart book cover
MAYOR'S WORDS: Ripped Apart - A City in Chaos

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Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker will not reveal details from his upcoming earthquake book but says there may be explosive revelations.

In an interview with The Press this afternoon, Parker said writing about his experiences during the city's devastating quakes was ''part of the healing process''.

A promotional blurb about Ripped Apart - a City in Chaos, a 240-page paperback, says it will reveal ''the arguments, indecision, petty jealousies, power struggles and policies'' that emerged before, during and after the quakes.

Asked whether there would be any explosive revelations in the book, he said: ''You will have to wait and see. I don't want to give too much away now.''

Parker was hailed as a calming influence on the city in the weeks after both major earthquakes but became increasingly controversial.

He was called a ''clown'' by Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and his council was accused of being dysfunctional. Key recovery projects were taken over by the Government.

Asked if he would set the record straight on some of his most challenging moments, Parker said: ''Readers will judge that for themselves.''

Parker, who was helped by a ghost writer he would not name, said he had been asked several times to consider writing a book.

He saw it as ''a great way to honour those people I had the pleasure of working alongside''.

''I thought it would be a unique perspective too, and also kind of a cathartic thing as we all work through this difficult time,'' he said.

Parker was unsure whether there would be any official launch of his book in early November but would consider a book tour to promote the paperback, depending on his workload.

Profits from the book would be donated to the New Zealand Spinal Trust because of the trust's ''amazing work", he said.

''The earthquake changed eveybody's life but I'm so touched by people whose lives were physically altered by their injuries.'' he said.

''I wanted to see any proceeds stay in the city."

Ripped Apart - a City in Chaos will be published in November but advance orders can be made online now. It costs $39.99.

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