A South African’s and “exile Kiwi’s”
light-hearted look at life in laid-back, provincial New Zealand.
Eventually life in “Sleepy Hollow” became so quiet that we decided to write
a book about it…
although there were one or two adventures from time to time.
A new immigrant family’s view of rural ‘Godzone’ and culture shock after
arriving from a large city in South Africa to start a new lifestyle …
with a rather drastic change of pace on the other side of the world.
All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including ‘The Winning Mind’ and ‘Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons’, as well as his latest “work” ‘The Champion”) are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4
“I want to write the way Gilles Villeneuve drove and power-slid his blood-red Formula One Ferrari… with wild enthusiasm and a sense of abandonment, combined with the artists craft of a Stirling Moss, a Jim Clark, and especially that of the great Ayrton Senna, living on the razor-blade edge of life.”
for dearest mom and dad, your generous spirits live on
thanks for all the support, encouragement and especially love
“All the world will be happier and better, when the men and women have the souls of artists,, like that of an Ayrton Senna.“
A story based on fact in the dark days
of grand apartheid, but with the rich
promise and hope that a new South Africa
“The past is another country”
Everything in the book could have happened…
and perhaps it did!
SEA AND SAND
Sea and sand
God bless Africa
Gold and crimson
Have dripped on the horizon,
Weeping for the dying day.
Many dawns have risen
In timely resurrection
From their cradles of light
Sunsets and dawns
Dawns and sunsets
I have seen them all
Oh when will I see that day
When love will walk the common way
To heal my wounded people
And break the shackles around their hearts?
– Don Mattera.
I love that poem.
* hard copies and e-books: Fiction and non-fiction books, self help, novels on South Africa, “faction”, travel, humour, inspiration, words of encouragement and empowerment, motor racing, Formula 1, Grand Prix drivers #
1.HANDBOOK FOR SURVIVAL IN THE NINETIES (ISBN 1 85863 286 2)
(now retitled and updated: ‘How to Survive The New Millennium’)
This is Craig’s first book: A collection of writings on various subjects to help every man or woman survive in a rapidly changing, uncertain world… after the “easy living and prosperity” of the seventies and eighties. An introductory look at the concepts of success, motivation, attitude, goal setting and stress
“I found the concepts mentioned very helpful in my own life.”
– Brigitta (Publisher Minerva)
2. THE END OF THE LINE (ISBN 1 85863 393 1)
This is Craig Lock’s first novel. A short novel set in “the beloved country”. A passionate and heart-breaking tale of South Africa, a true story of the bad old days, but with the hope of the new. “The End Of The Line” could be described as a “faction”, a fiction with a serious factual grounding. It is simple, and therefore moving. It gives yet another highly individual portrait of that troubled land, and it does so through a believable and sustained narrative form.”
3. HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE ISBN 1 85863 433 4)
Craig Lock is an extensive world traveller and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his life’s savings on airfares. He is still ‘sliding down the razor blade of life’, stuck on a deserted (other than a few brilliant rugby players) island at the bottom of the world near Antarctica, where he is ‘trying to throw a double six’ to get off and go out into the real world – but he doesn’t know where!
In the style of Bill Bryson, HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE tells tales of his hilarious hair-raising adventures in his younger years through ‘Grate’ Britain and the Continent
4. THE MAD MONEY BOOK
An introductory guide to make the most of your hard-earned money. This work covers the basics of good money management to helping guide the more serious (and sophistocated) investor.
5.. HOW TO MAKE A MILLION
(even if its only Italian lire!)
We’ll see whether the principles DO work, or whether he’s merely dreaming!
6. DROPPED OUT IN GODZONE (ISBN 1 85863 723 6)
Craig Lock’s humorous travel book about his adventures in provincial New Zealand…
One man and his family – and their experiences “Down Under”.
A new immigrant’s impressions of life in provincial New Zealand (after coming from a large city in South Africa) … and there were one or two rather funny adventures, nay escapades in “Sleepy Hollow” from time to time.
The author and his wife contrast life in colourful, vibrant South Africa with calm and kindly New Zealand – and with large dashes of humour offer much understanding of, and sympathy with the social attitudes of the two worlds.
“DROPPED OUT IN GODZONE is an original and agreeable piece of work. The picture it gives of New Zealand- to one who has never been there- has a ring of complete authenticity. The feeling of the country is relaxed, and perhaps rather unstimulating, but we get an overall impression from the writer that he views his time there with some affection, and above all with tolerance.”
This book breathes a natural humour and kindliness, which is what gives it the individual character that is so appealing.
Autobiography has a particular value as a literary form. It is a shared kind of writing and I’ll continue to bang the drum. It is unusual to encounter two such different manuscripts from the same author. Both (THE END OF THE LINE is the other book) have quality and share an easy and assured writing style that is a pleasure to read. These short books are of first rate quality.”
7. THE NEW RAINBOW (ISBN 1 85863 724 4)
A tale of the many colourful and diverse people in the rainbow nation of New South Africans
Back Book Cover:
Like Alan Paton, Craig Lock reaches to the heart of the troubled Beloved Country. In his new novel, Lock, perceptively and with an understanding of the historical elements, writes of the situation as it was, as it is… and as perhaps one day it will be, in the New South Africa.
8. # SA sportbook: MY LIFELONG LOVE AFFAIR WITH SPORT
A tale of my intense passion for all sports throughout my life.
9. THE WINNING MIND
A look at the psychology of sport, the ‘arm-chair’ author’s great passion. This manuscript goes into more depth, from the amateur sports-person to the professional. How to master ones mind, the “top two inches”
10. STEPS TO SUCCESS, PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS
A humorous and “mad” look at how to make the most of yourself.
How to utilize your most probably unfulfilled potential to the fullest…
as well as finding the “crazy” bits in you.
The “secrets” by someone who thinks he has now found them – by “throwing a double six”, at long last – after many, many years of “sliding down the razor blade of life”. Also after having had many detours and come to numerous ‘cul-de-sacs’ (dead ends) along the long and windy road that is life. Up hill and down dale, no rather up mountain and down valley – that is the story of my life.
Written for the ordinary “bloke” or woman in the street
11. ‘QUOTE, UNQUOTE’
A collection of inspirational thoughts that inspired Craig early in his writing “career”
Uplifting thoughts on success, business, sport… and life.
12.. HOW TO WRITE A BOOK AND GET PUBLISHED
(ALL THAT I KNOW ABOUT WRITING!)
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13. I’LL DO IT MY WAY (An Autobiography)
Childhood in South Africa, South African Politics and Apartheid and our new life in New Zealand
MY STORY: Just the real story of my life.
As my dear mother once said, “I’ve been riding the rapids of life in all my years”; so now its rather nice to be becalmed here in these calm waters. Yes, here in the haven and at the same time, the harbour of “Sleepy Hollow”, we are sheltered from the storms of life. And this is the reason why I have been able to write so prolifically. Something that I like very much
and a craft that gives me great satisfaction.
Though I don’t know why the story of my “insignificant little life” should
be so interesting as to have written a book about it. However, my dear wife, Marie said that it may be fascinating and inspirational to others! She also said it might HELP other people having a battle in the “game of life”. I really don’t know about all that. I think I’m really quite an “ordinary bloke”. Anyway, whatever the “boss” says, gets done. So here is my story…
14. OVER THE RAINBOW
A look at the many colourful peoples, who make up this diverse and vibrant society, as seen through the eyes of a newspaper reporter. Many colourful “vignettes” in this “land of great contrasts” – happy, sad and true, that was the fabric of South African life in the lead up to the historic Democratic Election of 1994. We live in a very complex country of great disparities and extremes, especially in wealth and in living standards. A land of great contradictions: a land of sunshine, a world in one country, a land of laughter in this strange and beautiful place. Much of the laughter from the very people, who have suffered the most and felt the most pain in this strange tormented place of ours. Yes, there is that sadness in the eyes of them too. So to put it simply, South Africa is just one happy, sad land…and I hope that the lives of ALL South Africans will become better in the sunny days ahead.
15. ANGOLAN DAWN
The story of a nation’s agony and hope
A true tale of an Angolan migrant miner who goes to ‘e’Goli’, the big city of gold in South Africa.
Also a realistic portrayal of the Angolan conflict in “darkest Africa” through the eyes of a hospital orderly.
A moving and realistic novel about the evil and destructiveness of war, as well as the inherent goodness within every human spirit.
– Bernoldus Niemand, from the Boer reggae song, ‘Reggae Vibes is Cool’.
A ‘rather wacky’ (“bedonderde mal” and nostalgic look and what I miss about SA life living ‘in exile’ on the other side of the planet… as a new democratic South Africa is being born.
First part of story written from perspective of a rather straight white South African, who emigrates, meets with some sort of accident, loses his memory and later returns home with a very liberal and radically changed outlook. Becomes friendly with several Africans in the New SA, goes partying with a group of them, gets “blotto”, dreams he’s an African…story of his adventures in dreamland.
17. “A DUMMIES GUIDE TO SELF HELP AND PSYCHIATRY“
HOW TO PROSPER AND BE HAPPY IN THIS NEW MILLENNIUM:
BY CONQUERING STRESS AND NERVOUS TENSION.
# How to Conquer Stress and Nervous Tension
18. A NEW DAWN
The book, the story, the “epic” “I was called and born to write”
and “my life’s work”. A passionate story of inspiration: hope, faith, peace and especially LOVE for the world and inspired by what I simply term God, the Creative Source of Life itself. That is my legacy to my beloved family…and the world.
19. Craig is presently working on his latest novel ‘The Awakened Spirit’, based on some true and inspiring stories of the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us. Stories of ‘endless possibilities, far and great horizons’.
He firmly believes in the motto: “Find what you love doing, then you will never have to do a days work in your life.” Craig is certain he has found his niche in life… anyway, what other job would be suitable for him?
“There are are only two ways to live life”, wrote Albert Einstein. “One is as though nothing were a miracle. The other is though everything were a miracle.”
The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at:
* hard copies and e-books: Fiction and non-fiction books, self help, novels on South Africa, “faction”, travel, humour, inspiration, words of encouragement and empowerment, motor racing, Formula 1, Grand Prix drivers
All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –