Horncastle's Suitcase


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The second of eight children in a poor West Coast family, Graeme Horncastle graduated in drinking and chasing girls from the University of Karamea. By age 18 he was married with a child and his prospects weren't flash but he was determined to succeed against the odds. After a career as an electrician, and many successful business ventures with his wife Maureen, today he owns and runs the 86 room Pavilions Hotel in Christchurch. Along the way he had problems with alcoholism and depression but determination and strong family support helped him overcome all that. This is the story of his life and his family – sometimes tragic, sometimes humorous, but always highly readable

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Horncastle's Suitcase - A New Zealand Family Story by Graeme Horncastle


As painted by Graeme Horncastle, Jim is one of New Zealand's great eccentrics, and with such a role model it's easy to see why Graeme inherited some of his less desirable characteristics, including a…

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