Graham Hutchins is a prolific and popular author on a range of subjects, including railways, rugby, cricket and popular music. His books for Exisle include Last Train to Paradise, Great New Zealand Railway Journeys, Once Upon a Cowpat, It’s Just a Game and Eight Days a Week. Based in the Waikato and King Country all his life, he has travelled extensively on trains throughout the world. Married with two daughters, he is now retired and has time to enjoy his two young grandsons – and write more books!
Graham Hutchins fell in love with trains at an early age. Living in the railway town of Te Kuiti, he often gazed on the steaming monsters as they thundered through the King Country. Before long train travel became more than a pastime, more than a fascination: he was hooked.
In his new book he recounts a journey he undertook alone on the night train to Auckland at the tender age of 10. From then on he travelled as much as he could, and later as a young man searched out the smaller forgotten lines to experience what they had to offer.