Book showcases Oamaru

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It took nine months of nurturing, cherishing and a lot of hard work for one woman to create a special book showcasing Oamaru to the country.

Dyan Prujean will be launching her book The Extraordinary Journey of an Oamaru Wheelman at the Oamaru Public Library on Thursday evening.

The intricately illustrated book focuses on David Wilson’s journey around the country on a penny-farthing and follows the tune of the old folk song Sweet Betsy from Pike.

Ms Prujean said she woke up one morning with the first few verses of a song in her head and raced down to talk to David Wilson, with whom she had never really met, and the idea for the book was conceived.

She had been in the Victorian Precinct for about four years and thought creating the book would make her feel like she belonged a bit more, she said.

She wanted to tell New Zealand about Oamaru and its heritage through the book.

It took nine months of hard work to complete but it was worth it, she said.

“David’s journey was a hard slog, and so was the book.”

She had 50 copies printed by Oamaru Print & Copy and they were funded by Donna Demente and Oliver Briggs.

The book had been on sale for a few weeks and 26 copies had been sold by the end of last week.

It can be purchased for $25 from Slightly Foxed, the Grainstore Gallery or at the book launch.

The book launch will be held at the Oamaru Public Library on Thursday, December 19 at 6pm.

The evening will feature a talk from Ms Prujean, another from Mr Wilson and a live rendition of the song by Oamaru’s Intergalactic Ukulele Ensemble.

By RUBY HARFIELD