Colin Grahame Crump (Crumpy), passed away peacefully at North Shore Hospital on Sunday 10th of December 2017, aged 81 years.
Beloved husband of the late Taumalai. Loved and respected father and father-in-law of Ralph and Kirdie, Richard and Jenni, Belinda and Geoff. Grandfather to Laura, Morgan, David, Fred, Tallulah, Richard and Terence. Great grandfather to Baxter, Floyd and Adam. A service to celebrate Colin’s life was held at the Central Park Chapel of Davis Funerals on Tuesday the 19th of December followed by burial at the Kumeu Anglican Cemetery.
“In Endless Fear” – Republished
To celebrate Colin Crump’s eightieth birthday, and to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of his brother Barry’s death, CP Books have re-released the story of the Crump siblings’ often-traumatic childhood.
2016, which also sees the release of the first feature film based on one of Barry Crump’s novels (The Hunt for the Wilderpeople), is the ideal time to look back at the forces and influences that shaped these men.
Books by Colin Crump
About / Biography
Colin Crump was born on The feast of the Assumption, August 15th 1936. This year he celebrates his 80th birthday. Widowed for the past nine years, Colin describes himself as ‘on the market’. He has two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren.
Unlike his brother Barry, Colin was never a very keen hunter, but was nevertheless handy with a rifle. Although, these days the rifle is safely put away, along with the squash racket. But other interests, such as playing Pétanque and developing his 22 acre block in West Auckland, continue and Colin is often to be found on his quad bike, tractor, mower or golf buggy as he continues to turn the property into a resort inspired by his many visits to Fifi, Samoa and the Cook Islands. His other great love is his ornate white grand piano and many hours are spent playing that, ‘when I should probably be writing’, he confesses. He loves to go out ‘wining, dining and socialising’, and equally enjoys entertaining guests at home.
‘In Endless Fear’, the story of Colin’s childhood and the physical abuse he and his siblings suffered at the hands of their father, was first published by Penguin Books in 2002, and was a national bestseller. In recent years, Colin has turned his hand to writing novels, The Thirsty Rooster (CP Books 2012), Jason’s Dunny (CP Books 2014) and Reel the Line Gently (CP Books 2017). A fourth novel is also nearing completion.
Interview with Colin Crump
“My earliest memories of my life time of writing was during the polio epidemic around 1949. It was a bit scary, theatres and public meeting places were closed, likewise the Papakura School where I was just twelve years old. We were all put on home correspondence and the papers all came to us via the post. One of our papers asked us to write a short poem. I had no trouble with that and can still remember the verse which at the time drew attention from the teaching staff. It went:
The birds and the bees and the murmuring trees
Are calling me out to play
But I can’t go as well you know
For I’ve got to do school work today…
Besides writing, the piano is my best friend and the ivories get a tickle most days. I am 80 years old now, but my favourite hobby still is flying small aircraft. My favourite sport is squash, and I really enjoy fishing.
As for writing, well this morning I managed 2000 words towards my sixth novel. Most, if not all my writing is done at my home office desk, early mornings – 4-9am seems to be my best time for getting it all done.
The best part of writing for me, is coming up with a good story and getting it right, and of course there is the great satisfaction in re-reading the finished manuscript which at times I find hard to believe I wrote. Then once it is out there on the shelves and the readers’ feedback drifts back, that’s the thrill of it all. I’m sure I’ll keep on writing for years to come.
I always write with a movie in mind and look forward to seeing some of my books on the big screen and that would be the ultimate prize for me!”
February 28, 2017