My new book, Buddy’s Brother is out on the 21st October.

This is what it says on the back cover, so it must be true.

I don’t like poems I can’t understand, and you won’t find any riddles in mine was on the back cover of Pete’s last collection, It’s Your Dad, and he started the way he means to go on. The poetry and prose in Buddy’s Brother is straight-up, in your face, and open-hearted, and covers Pete’s usual preoccupations: life and death, tennis and bad backs, dogs and walking.

This time he writes of a beautiful but gruelling walk along the South West Coast Path in Britain; a walkway that’s as long as our North Island, and tells of cycling across India and down through New Zealand in a trip that eventually introduces him to his wife. As with his last book, Pete also spends time trying to get to grips with a dad, this time it’s not his own but his wife’s. He’s called Colin, and he’s Buddy’s Brother.

It also has an endorsement on the back for my first book It’s Your Dad, which incidentally is being reprinted and will be available as a second edition – you might need to hang on to the first ones!


Praise for It’s Your Dad:

“A poignant collection, empathy-rich and sentiment-free. Thoughtful, reflective, humane.” Clare Mulley

Pre publication orders include P&P, nz$30, au$27 au and GBP14. Please message me or email me at

It’s Your Dad is the same price. They both have colour photographs.

Wellington launch, Rona Gallery and Bookshop, Eastbourne, Wellington. Wednesday 21st October 2015, 6pm

Pete Carter is the author of This is Us. Due out in June 2020 it will be published by Exisle and tells the story of more than 200 New Zealanders in words and pictures. The book is really a portrait of the nation and how it is made up. Pete wrote Our Dog Benji a children’s book illustrated by his nephew, published by EK in 2017. He is also the author of two books of poetry. He has had magazine articles published and poetry in anthologies. As a photographer he has had two solo exhibitions and work included in group exhibitions in NZ and overseas and has sold work to and been commissioned by corporate clients.

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