• Bad Oil
    and the Animals

    Sixteen-year old Heidi always dreamed of being a society photographer for the rich and famous. Instead, her first film project plunges her into a world of subterfuge as she joins Read More
  • Author
    LP Hansen

    Bad Oil and the Animals had its beginnings somewhere in the author’s own childhood and refused to rest until written down. But first came Socks, a story on homelessness that Read More
  • An Unexpected
    Hero

    What could be worse, Matt Turner wonders, than having to leave your parents, friends and the buzz of big city life for a remote rural school that’s so small it Read More
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David Hill

‘Linda Hansen’s novel is a mischievous, affectionate story of a very likeable, very credible young boy, who startles everyone, including himself, by what he proves himself able to do.'
 

David Hill
David Hill, author of ‘My Brother’s War’, winner of both the Junior Fiction and the Children’s Choice Junior Fiction: NZ Post Awards, 2013 NZ

Ruth Paul

‘Linda Hansen cleverly exposes a hidden tale of wartime New Zealand exposed within a gripping contemporary story. Great reading!’

Ruth Paul
Ruth Paul, author/illustrator of many award-winning books including ‘The King’s Bubbles’ which won the NZ Post Children’s Choice Picture Book Award 2008

Barbara Murison

'This is one of those books where you only have to read one page and you are hooked. The story is set in the present but the reader ends up knowing a great deal about what happened to so many New Zealanders one hundred years ago.'

Barbara Murison
Barbara Murison, working with children, people and books since 1950. Member New Zealand Association of Manuscript Assessors

New book: Bad Oil and the Animals

Bad Oil and the Animals is a book I’ve wanted to write for many years.  Having spent my early years on a dairy farm where cows were raised outdoors and fed mainly on traditional grass products, it’s disgusting to hear of dairy factory farming in a country that claims to offer “green” and natural produce.  The factory farm use of palm kernel extract with its link to rain-forest destruction makes the issue even more compelling to me.

I was delighted that three such significant animal activists as Sue Kedgley, Dr. Michael Morris and Ben Dowdle were willing to endorse Bad Oil and the Animals.

Only a few days after the first copies of the book arrived, I met Ben Dowdle, Unmask Palm Oil director in person, during his 21 November 2016 presentation to Parliament of hundreds of thousands of signed postcards calling for the mandatory labelling of palm oil on food products.

New Zealand's big zoos and Unmask Palm Oil are urging NZ Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew to follow European standards and adopt this practice. “Independent polling shows 92% of New Zealanders and 84% of Australians support this change," Ben says.

In the coming months I look forward to meeting zoo staff, animal welfare groups and similar organisations, as I have agreed to undertake much of the marketing myself due to being with a relatively small publisher.

This means I welcome any suggestions from readers about where to offer this book. It’s fact-based and includes a number of follow-up areas for research, either for its intended teenage audience or other readers.

6 December 2016