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About the Author


Ross Lockyer, now in his late 70s, is retired and living with his wife Lestari near Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, in the far north of New Zealand. Friends have been telling him for over 30 years that he should write a book about his life and adventures in the forestry industry and the jungles of Asia and the Pacific. In 2013 he put pen to paper and started writing - "the book".


Ten years later that one book has expanded into five books. All five books - "An Accidental Bushman", "Cannibals, Crocodiles and Cassowaries", “The River is my Highway”, "Meanwhile Back in the Jungle..." and "But That's What Elephants Are For!" - have all been published and are now available for sale here. 

Ross spent much of his life living and working in the forestry and logging industry in remote locations in Asia and the Pacific (Papua New Guinea, Irian Jaya/Indonesian West Papua, Borneo, Sumatra, Burma, Thailand, Philippines, Kiribati and others).


With a gung-ho approach to life (and his own safety), Ross threw himself into his work and immersed himself in the local cultures and communities wherever he went, learning the languages and customs that helped him fit in and do his job. He had many hair-raising adventures and close scrapes, and he encountered many amazing people wherever he went.

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