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The Life and Times of a Brown Paper Bag

By Kevin Milne | Paperback | 3 Review(s)

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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... read more

Format
Paperback
Release Date
05 Nov 2010
Author(s)
Kevin Milne
Publisher
Random House New Zealand Ltd
ISBN-13
9781869793821
Pages
252
Format
Paperback
Release Date
05 Nov 2010
Author(s)
Kevin Milne
Publisher
Random House New Zealand Ltd
ISBN-13
9781869793821
Pages
252

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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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This one (The Life and Times of a Brown Paper Bag) is on the Christmas list as a gift for several family members. Kevin Milne is a household favourite and we will all miss his cheeky mug fronting Fair Go
22 Nov 2010 18:53:45 | Hazel Lucy

My niece will be thrilled - for years she believed the Beatles song 'Paperback Writer' was in fact 'Paper Bag Writer' - maybe she was right all along, and it was, in fact, a clairvoyant homage to Kevin Milne? At any rate, I think it would be well deserved if that was the case!
22 Nov 2010 19:08:45 | Trudi McLaren

this review clears up the mystery - i wondered why it was 'the life and times of a brown paper bag'. the book sounds like an interestingly good read, i must get round to buying it.
22 Nov 2010 20:06:54 | brynn forrest

Kevin Milne is an institution on our television screens, but he can retire in the knowledge he has maintained a very enthusiastic following and I cannot remember any serious criticism of the man at all. He's like a neighbour, a colleague, someone you know fairly well, and he's congenial and reliable. In the "Fair Go" programme Kevin has provided those in need with reassurance and confidence. I cannot wait to read his book, Kevin has had occasional exposure in some women's magazines but we know little about his personal self apart from a survival story which, in typical Kevin fashion, he played right down. We all need some Kevin Milne's in our social circle.
22 Nov 2010 20:07:13 | Claire Walkinshaw

this is obviously close to Kerre's heart. he was a great presenter doing a hard job seeking out the truth and skulduggery of others. should be a great read and look forward to it.
22 Nov 2010 21:07:50 | Gary Keenan

Always loved Kevin Milne on Fair Go, and his book sounds just like him, real and down to earth.
23 Nov 2010 12:28:47 | Wendy Simpson

Loved your review of Kevin Milne's book Kerre - saw you on Good Morning talking about it too - I remember you - and your hairstyle!! - on Fair Go back in the day... gorgeous! Kevin has been around for a fair while - love the title of the book too - I like brown paper bag people! from Christine
23 Nov 2010 14:40:12 | Christine Woodall

Looking forward to reading this book. Expecting a no nonsense, real story.
23 Nov 2010 20:50:11 | Stacey Francis

Would be an interesting read as he was such a great presenter, have watched a many Fair Go shows and enjoy the interesting stories
26 Nov 2010 10:32:40 | Robyn Geragthy

I just loved this book---it was just like Kevin being in my own living room and talking to me. What a fantastic man and he would be a fantastic husband and father. Am sorry to see him go off our screen as he really is one of N.Z icons. The book is well worth buying and would make a wonderful Xmas gift for anyone who loves books and most of all loves Kevin
13 Dec 2010 22:07:37 | Lynne Ryder

Looking forward to reading this - Kevin is a great journalist with a good sense of humour!
15 Dec 2010 14:13:26 | Lynley Povey

Kevin Milne is one of the last 'real' people to have been on our screens, not the pretty and plastic variety that we are force fed nowadays. Can't wait to read this book.
10 Mar 2011 08:28:30 | John Power

Will definitely be reading this. I love biographies of "real" New Zealanders, and Kevin Milne is close to every New Zealander's heart. We miss him on Fair Go!
10 Mar 2011 20:24:06 | Frances Anderson

This book looks like one I would enjoy reading
21 Apr 2011 16:35:42 | Elizabeth Smith

I usually look fto buy books second-handed on Trade Me or other re-sale stores, but I have so much admiration for Kevin, that I was happy to buy this book at Paper Plus and it was worth every cent! He was so funny and honest...as he's always been. Excellent book. Thanks Kerre for your recommendation.
24 May 2011 21:03:16 | Virginia Bearden

So many of my friends had read this book and loved it so I went and bought it rather than wait to borrow it. I really enjoyed Kevins down to earth story, I couldn't put it down, a lovely story and a lovely man.
28 Jun 2011 16:38:46 | Kathleen Emmerson

After reading the review it sounds like i will have to look into buying it. Sounds like a great read. Kevin i great
16 Aug 2011 18:57:16 | Trish Beavan

Sounds like a worthy read
10 Feb 2012 20:02:34 | Perry Garrick

Kevins Book would be the best book I could give to my husband for a present .as like most Kiwi's we have grown up watching Kevin on tv for many years.he is a very talented and likeable guy that makes sure that Honesty and truth & fairness for all is served.
14 Mar 2012 17:46:20 | Christine Dixon

Gosh this would be a superb book for the whole family to read (me first)!
05 Nov 2014 12:11:31 | Belinda Whitehead

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24 Oct 2014
By Elizabeth Stiles-Dawe
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The Life and Times of a Brown paper bag

So what is so exciting about a brown paper bag - usefull maybe but as a book this was a delightful insight to an ordinary guy aspiring to, and achieving extraordinary things in life and in doing so earned the respect of everyone and I guess that is what a brown paper bag is about. His love of family and delightful sense of humour made tis a treasure to read. With him appearing in our living rooms with \"Fair Go\" made us feel as if we knew him and then we discover that what we saw was truly what we got.

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24 Oct 2014
By Elizabeth Stiles-Dawe
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16 May 2012
By Kathleen Emmerson
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Kevin Milne. The Life And Times Of A Brown Paper Bag

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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16 May 2012
By Kathleen Emmerson
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