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Change of address for this blog

Thanks so much for following my blog. This is a quick note to say the address has changed. If you’re interested in what I’m up to the new address is:

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‘Shot Boom Score’ – The Reviews

Reviews for my middle grade novel ‘Shot, Boom, Score!’ have made me smile lately. Here a few:

Lots of humour and home spun philosophy from Justin Brown such as: ‘One day is like scoring a goal in the Cup Final, the next is like being bowled first ball by a girl.’ I know how it feels. Primary and intermediate in appeal especially to reluctant boy readers who love sport.

(Bob’s Book Blog)

A laugh out loud tale for all sports lovers! Cricket and rugby are themes but Toby lives and breathes all sports, is loyal to his mates, and is a likeable character.

(Kids Books Blog)

Over all I rate this fantastic book 9 out of 10. When your mum or dad says go to bed and stop reading you sneakily keep reading because your on a cliff-hanger, then suddenly you’re already done, then you start having a melt down. Well the only downs in this book are probably…nothing so I should probably rate this 10 out of 10 but I don’t want to be too nice. Once again it was totally awesome. This book is about if Toby gets 20 wickets and 10 tries by the end of the season he gets a gameboxv3 but this big bully called mcGravy try’s to stop him from getting that game box so will Toby get those wickets and tries before its to late? And this book is very funny.

(Finn – aged 9)

In the interests of instilling a love of reading in our children we read to them. A lot! What is crucial is that the books we read grab their attention and keep them riveted. And if it can keep the parents who have to read it entertained as well its a welcome bonus. And finally, if there is a lesson or two in there, subtle enough not be be seen as lessons, then great! The whole family enjoyed this book. My wife and I read some each night with the kids always begging for more, no matter how much we read. We had to learn to stop early, then agree to ‘one more chapter’. The adults enjoyed the book as much as the kids because it took us back to what it felt like to be young, and the challenges and issues we faced. When Jill was reading I also wanted ‘just one more chapter’. I got the distinct impression the author has not grown up himself, which is just what’s needed in a children’s book author. Justin captured what it was like to be a kid as if he was still living it. We are reading it for a second time now, and like the Pixar movies, I am sure not for the last time. Brilliant!

(Richard, father of two, South Africa)

Fresh clips from Stacey and Justin on The Hits


A few audio clips from our radio show. Lou Vincent has turned his hand to music, Borat wishes New Zealand a Happy Independence Day, You know it’s a Real Kiwi Winter When, and sadly it’s not just Todd Carney who drinks his own urine. Lastly, Georgia’s answer to ‘What was on your school report card’ may demand you attend your child’s parent-teacher evening. Enjoy.

Why being a Dad hurts

It’s still school holidays here in New Zealand.

Perhaps my ten year old daughter is struggling for ideas.

‘Dad, can I kick you in the bum?’

‘Okay… just once.’

‘Wait, can I put shoes on?’

Top 5 things to outsource

1. exercise
2. hangovers
3. childbirth
4. worry
5. sleep

5 things you won’t hear this December

1. I dont mind if our renovations aren’t finished by Xmas

2. I’ve just started Weight Watchers

3. Aren’t the staff friendly at the malls at the moment?

4. How’s this for luck? Boss has asked me to work New Year’s Eve

5. I’m not drinking at the work Xmas party

Kids always find the rudest page

Kids always find the rudest page

And in The Dog That Ate The Bathroom it happens to be this page. Then again, I’m old and I still find it funny. (Click on image if you’d to see the ebook.)

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Why you can’t win at being a new parent

There should be no reason to complain when you have a new baby. Life is great. Life means something. But it can also be tiring – and therein lies the problem. When something so incredible happens, is there any excuse to moan? And who can you moan to?

If you moan to non-parents they’ll give this answer:

‘You signed up for it. Quit your complaining! Get a dog next time.’

If you moan to another parent they’ll say this:

‘Yeah? And? You think it’s bad now, wait till they can actually walk! And you’d better get your shotgun ready etc.




It was the accent that got me. Making a cuppa in the kitchen in-between songs on our radio show I heard the indecipherable voice of Sue Pollard (Peggy from Hi-de-Hi!).
Check out the frog handbag. What a happy lady. Sadly, my excitement wasn’t matched by workmates ten years my junior. ‘It’s…you know…the lady in yellow from Hi-De-Hi!’


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