The Life and Times of a Brown Paper Bag

By Kevin Milne | Paperback
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Beloved television star of Fair Go, Kevin Milne's bestselling memoir is funny, insightful, incisive, moving and all-round entertaining. He talks of his long television career - 40 years - including 25 years of the long-running, top-rating Fair Go. Kevin writes in a relaxed, laconic style that draws the reader in immediately - he's an excellent story-teller and raconteur. He includes many wonderful anecdotes about the well-known people who have been Fair Go reporters over the years, for example Kerre Woodham, Brian Edwards, Carole Hirschfeld, Kim Hill. Plus hilarious tales of the best dodgy dealers, scams and rip-off artists that Fair Go has uncovered over the years. His personal story is told with self-deprecating humour and great honesty - it's the story of a boy who really didn't amount to much at school but who went on to make the most of his talents and become a household name. Kevin writes: 'The Listener magazine wrote, "In an age of glossy packaging, Kevin Milne is a brown paper bag". I think it was meant as a compliment and I'll settle for that. So, welcome to the life and times of a brown paper bag.' 

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PublisherRandom House New Zealand Ltd 
Release Date5 Nov 2010 

Kerre's Choice

18 Nov 2010, 4:26pm | Review by Kerre Woodham
Fair Go’s much-loved presenter opens up in this warm and humorous autobiography. He followed a circuitous route to get into television with many false starts along the way, but once he found broadcasting, he never looked back. He has wonderful anecdotes about the people he met throughout his long career - the majority to do with Fair Go where he has presided like everybody’s favourite uncle for the past twenty-odd years. The unusual title for this autobiography comes from a television reviewer who famously said that in an age where television was full of glossy, slick presenters, Kevin Milne is a “brown paper bag”. Kevin being Kevin, he took it as a compliment - and so he should. He’s real, he’s not one for frippery and he’s recyclable. Recommended.
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Kevin Milne. The Life And Times Of A Brown Paper Bag

16 May 2012, 10:27am | Review by Kathleen Emmerson
What a lovely man, my neighbour recommended this book and she was right,a lovely story.
I loved the straight forward way Kevin wrote about his life and the love for his wife and family really shone through. Kevin is far from a "Brown Paper Bag!"
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