Brewing a good book

The publishing of “Guinness Down Under” might just stand comparison to the process it records – the right combination of skill and ingredients to make a brew to cherish.  And if time is necessary to mature a first-class product then the years this book has taken should have produced a fine result.  Have a taste and see!

Putting all the ingredients together and creating the story has been the achievement of author Rod Smith. Turning the words and images into the publication that it is, however, has been the special skill of designer John Burt and page layout expert Quentin Wilson, both of Christchurch. Checking on the quality has been the role of editor Antoinette Wilson, Katikati.  


Three people go on record for the information and encouragement they have contributed – Edward Guinness, John Beck and John Harvey (see References).

If a successful product rests on raw materials, then several people have made a critical contribution -  Eibhlin Colgan, archivist at the Guinness Storehouse, and researcher Enda MacMahon, in Dublin.  Two other writers – Patrick Guinness (“Arthur’s Round”) and David Hughes (“A Bottle of Guinness Please”) - have kindly allowed me liberal use of their writings. That is greatly appreciated. 


Three people have given me access to their family treasures in the attic – Edith Burke’s diary now held by her grand-daughter Edith Wilkinson Allen, Arlington, Massachusetts; the business papers of Sir John Nutting held by his grandson Peter Nutting, Hampshire, England; and the diary of Mary Alice (May) Guinness held by her grandson Geoffrey Guinness, Oxford, England. I am much in their debt.


Likewise, the photographic collections of several contributors have added greatly to the story – Pauline Williamson, Tauranga; the late Henry Minchin, Rawene; Susan Freund, Hobart;  Graham Carrick, Adelaide; Joc Sanders, Nenagh, Ireland; and Campbell Ford, Sydney. Last but by no means least are the numerous librarians and archivists in several countries who have helped me dig through their resources. Among these, Edna Carson, at Lion Corporation in Auckland has been particularly helpful. 


My thanks to these good people, and many others, who have helped make the book what it is.


© 2021 Eyeglass Press Ltd - All Rights Reserved.