The evening of Thursday 30th March saw the launch of David McGill’s new book, The Plot to Kill Peter Fraser, at Unity Books on Willis Street. Described by guest speaker and MP for Wellington Central Grant Robertson as a historical novel which ‘shines a light on a man I greatly admire’, friends and punters gathered together in the shop to celebrate.
There was a flurry of book signing at the middle counter before David took to the microphone, impressively garbed in McGill tartan. He spoke about what drew him to writing this story, which is a rollicking read based on real wartime events, and reflected on Unity Books as the ‘epicentre of the electorate, both intellectually and physically.’
Grant (adorned in some tartan of his own) followed, informing us that it was, appropriately, the 77th anniversary of the state funeral of Michael Joseph Savage. He spoke of Peter Fraser’s integral role in the formation of the United Nations, the importance of funding for the arts, and the challenging times ahead for democracy.
David then returned to read an excerpt from the book, before signing more books for an appreciative audience.
The Plot to Kill Peter Fraser is available to buy in store and online here
Pictures & words by Cassie Richards