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What Was I Thinking

A Memoir

By Paul Henry | Paperback | 3 Review(s)

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Bestselling hilarious memoir from New Zealand's most controversial media star. Paul Henry is a natural-born story teller who spins a great yarn, and who says, 'I'll apologise for hurting people's feelings but I'll never apologise for being outrageous'.Paul Henry is a natural-born story teller who... read more

Format
Paperback
Release Date
01 Jun 2011
Author(s)
Paul Henry
Publisher
Random House New Zealand Ltd
ISBN-13
9781869795665
Pages
368
Format
Paperback
Release Date
01 Jun 2011
Author(s)
Paul Henry
Publisher
Random House New Zealand Ltd
ISBN-13
9781869795665
Pages
368

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Paul Henry’s memoir has been ghost written by the go-to guy for all best selling memoirs, Paul Little, so the book is well-crafted and Henry’s voice is absolutely authentic. He holds little back about his family life and his many job experiences and career choices although the prurient will be disappointed as he draws a veil on his romantic exploits. For all that, he is very open about the fact that his Dad never wanted children and came from the treat em mean, keep em keen school of fathering which Henry has emulated with his own daughters It seems a surprisingly successful parenting philosophy as Henry became very close to his dad before he died in 2001, and his three daughters appear to have a great relationship with him. Probably everyone knows Henry’s political ambitions were thwarted early on when he lost the battle for Wairarapa to a flamboyant transsexual; however, you may not know that he once sailed to Mururoa on a peace flotilla to protest French nuclear testing in the Pacific. Well written, packed with great photographs and wonderful illustrations from his mum, fans of Paul Henry will love this memoir and those who’ve never understood his charm may think again after reading this account.

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I agree. Paul sounded authentic but never let his cheeky side stray too far.
21 Jun 2011 18:43:56 | Alana Toussaint

Great review. I'm not into autobiographies but this is definitely one I would love to read.
21 Jun 2011 19:00:52 | Debbie Spotswood

went to an evening hosted by paper plus with Paul Henry last night in Taupo, he was very entertaining, i bought the book and am about to sit down and start reading tonight. i have flicked though it already and agree with Kerre that fans of Paul (which i am one of many) will love this book.
21 Jun 2011 19:25:36 | T Te Heu Heu

I have always enjoyed listening to Paul Henry and was sad to see him taken off TV. I watched a TV interview with him the other week and had a better understanding about how he ticks. I have a son with OCD, and have watched him struggle at times, He also appears as aloof and outspoken at times. Your book review, Kerre, has made me more determined to buy and read his memoirs. Thank you very much.
21 Jun 2011 20:51:30 | Helen Gowland

Can't wait to read it, not one for bio's but Paul Henry is a hoot.
21 Jun 2011 20:52:13 | Jordan Taylor

Thanks for the great review. I am sure his book will make a great read and become a best seller in no time at all. I admire his out spoken personality but it's a fine line to tread and not to come across as an arrogant rude twat
21 Jun 2011 21:31:04 | Leila Thomas

Now I have to duck to Paper Plus on Saturday to see the man in person!
21 Jun 2011 22:40:21 | Roy Speight

Now I have to duck to Paper Plus on Saturday to see the man in person!
21 Jun 2011 22:40:51 | Roy Speight

Sounds like my kind of book. I am a Paul Henry fan and keen to delve into what makes him tick.. He tells it like it is no nonsense pure and honest. Thanks for the review Kerre it sounds a great read.
22 Jun 2011 00:12:16 | June Mansfield

I'm very keen to read this one.....the breakfast show is nothing without the humour of Mr Paul Henry!!!! I think i'll buy this book for my dads birthday & then I can borrow it after he's read it!!! "What was I think" will definitely be one of those books thats extremely hard to put down once you've started reading it....ideal for those wintery days
22 Jun 2011 07:18:53 | KARYN KRILETICH

Absolutely hilarious, typically Paul Henry - and thoroughly readable. An interesting insight into his life - and what made himi the man he is today! Love his mum's drawings through the book - and the photographs too. Paul Henry has always been a favourite - this book may well turn those who were not!
22 Jun 2011 09:07:08 | Deborah Donaldson

What a great guy. I loved breakfast when Paul was on, he made me laugh and only said what the rest of us were thinking. Why do we have to be so PC! I can' wait to read this book.
22 Jun 2011 09:54:26 | Julia Bell

I can't believe he is still alive given his adventurous nature poking his finger into the face of danger... then giggling in that infectious way of his... loved the book and adore the man...
22 Jun 2011 10:10:18 | Donna Kelling

I'm waiting with eager anticipation to read this - after watching his interview on 60 minutes I can't wait to hear more of his side of the story. He is such an interesting character and although he can sometimes over step the line, I admire the fact that he has the courage to speak his mind!!
22 Jun 2011 11:09:19 | Millie Thomas

An amazing discription of the content in this book, it inspired me to read it and I can't wait till its back on the shelves gain soon.
22 Jun 2011 11:55:54 | Rosina Bond

This review sounds great we have always enjoyed watching Paul on the breakfast show. This does sound like a book I will read!!
22 Jun 2011 13:08:07 | Cindy George

Paul prides himself on being a private person - his work, although directly in the eye of the media and public he was still able to remain a very private figure - astonishing! I was stunned at his contribution to radio, television and the world of reporting media. He is truely a remarkable human being and media figure. Entrepreneur and Tall Poppy. He told an extraordinary story, which revealed his very great and rare natural ability and skill - A GENIUS.
22 Jun 2011 14:08:53 | joanna johns

What a surprise Paul turned out to be! With those bad gypsy eyes he could con his way in any situation anywhere, anyhow. I got his book a week ago, started the read - couldn't put it down - now finished the read. It was exhilirating, inspirational and pure GOLD. Not only is he a genius correspondent/media reporter but entrepreneurial - an artist! Definition of Artist: "someone who creates things with great skill and imagination". Yes, indeed that's Paul. Alma
22 Jun 2011 14:38:13 | alma johns

Definitely keen to read this book. Miss seeing him on Breakfast every morning... it's just not quite the same without him!
22 Jun 2011 16:16:08 | Tracey McHardie

I agree with all, as soon as i discovered that Paul had a book out, I was straight out to buy it, and once started, couldnt stop until I had finished. Loved it, what a life, what a man!
22 Jun 2011 16:51:09 | RACHAEL WHITE

Can't wait to read this book, very missed on TV very funny man
22 Jun 2011 17:04:58 | Faye Gurry

Am up to Chapter Two on this book and thoroughly enjoying it. Is written completely with Pauls humour. He is just brilliant!!!
22 Jun 2011 19:24:26 | Carol Stirling

SURPRISE, SURPRISE! Paul Henry what a dark horse you turned out to be. The completion of your book marks another feather in your cap! A hat of a hundred plumes now!! Bogart
23 Jun 2011 11:21:29 | joanna johns

I'm looking forward to reading this book, I enjoyed watching Paul when he was on the Breakfast show and am looking forward to seeing him back on tv whenever that is to be.
23 Jun 2011 12:08:39 | Wendy Moorcock

Sounds promising - he is such a nutter it would be interesting getting a look inside his head
23 Jun 2011 12:18:15 | Perry Garrick

There is no one like Paul - he says it like it is without the PC Bulls..t. I imagine his book would be a great read.
23 Jun 2011 22:48:57 | Shelley Smithies

Although Paul sometimes offends people, he makes me laugh. Good to see a high profile non-PC person in the media - very refreshing. This book is a must read for me.
27 Jun 2011 13:17:32 | Deb Wilson

This would make interesting reading. Would be great to get some insight into Paul Henry's life.
17 Jul 2011 22:56:33 | Brenda George

Can't wait to read it, I love Paul Henry and so miss him on Breakfast - it's just not the same without him!!
26 Jul 2011 17:23:01 | Hannah Manson

Tried to get tickets to his release at paper plus in Masterton but all the tickets had gone. Love Paul and really miss him in the morning. The book sounds like a great read.
26 Jul 2011 21:01:23 | Sue Sutherland

Thinking this is on the list for fathers day in our house
26 Jul 2011 21:43:21 | Lisa Matthews

My 13yr old daughter wanted to read this as soon as she knew about it. She was very sad that he left the Breakfast Show. "It's not the same without Paul, mum", she said.
27 Jul 2011 07:15:52 | Deborah Andrew

This should be an interesting read - I admire people who have no hesitations in expressing their views!
29 Jul 2011 14:17:27 | Meredith Kelly

I think i am going to have to put this on my Xmas list. Will be very interesting read.
16 Aug 2011 19:03:52 | Trish Beavan

"you may not know that he once sailed to Mururoa on a peace flotilla to protest French nuclear testing in the Pacific", no Kerre I didn't know that, and it has grabbed my attention. I think he's a misunderstood chap. I'm not usually a biography gal but I think I'm going to run off and tell all my friends I want this for Christmas.
21 Sep 2011 20:56:20 | Tamzen Rillstone

I had two Bio's for my birthday - Ray Avery's which was awesome - and this one, which I will now pack for my trip away next week - should be a great read!
10 Feb 2012 13:17:57 | Frances Lowery

Cant wait to read this book, I loved Paul on Breakfast.
10 Feb 2012 13:21:06 | Linda Gordon

I love Paul Henry - that tongue in cheek (well sometimes) blatant and bold attitude to life. Can't wait to read it!
11 Feb 2012 14:30:06 | Anna Vincent

Loved this book - had no idea Paul was involved in his missions overseas, fantastic, my no 1 male christmas present.
11 Feb 2012 22:09:05 | Faye Gurry

I'm sold. I love this guys straight talking - I didn't even know he had a book out, and now I'm off to buy it!
14 Feb 2012 15:43:23 | Tegan Clark

What an interesting man. I had forgotten this book had come out... must add it to my wishlist.
25 Feb 2012 21:35:58 | Anneke Grant

Sounds like an interesting read. Is on my 'must read' list.
06 Jun 2012 17:10:34 | Andrea Hendy

Definately one I want to read! Thanks for a great review
14 Dec 2012 22:14:19 | Lucy Lintott

Love to know just what he is thinking sometimes! :)
13 Sep 2013 20:12:45 | Kat Avery

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10 Feb 2012
By Christobel Downs
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What Was I Thinking: A Memoir

This is a beautifully written introduction to the "off screen" Paul. Without being invasive we learn of his evolving career in broadcasting, his childhood, his marriage, his polilical dalliance and other little known aspects of his live. The little drawings add to the book which is almost a must read in one sitting book. I finished it with a new respect for a public figure with whom most have a love or hate relationship. A great read.

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10 Feb 2012
By Christobel Downs
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25 Sep 2011
By Pearl Piper
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The book uncovers all that we didn't know about this special man - he may be a tad eccentric in his ways.. but hey, he's interesting, and has been around the block a few times. Life has been good to him, but he's also seen the harder side of life. You could never call him boring.. love him.

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