Author(s): Martin van Beynen
The Canterbury earthquake of February 2011 altered landscape, history and most importantly, human lives. Many perished and the lives of thousands were upended. In Trapped, Martin van Beynen documents with sensitivity and unerring detail the personal experiences of more than thirty quake survivors - before, during and after the event - in their own words. At once poignant, dramatic and enthralling, their stories record a defining moment in Canterbury's history and testify to the courage and heroism of everyday people. The first book that recounts, in detail, the human stories of the quake.
Includes Ann Bodkin (trapped for 25 hours), Anne Malcolm (Robyn Malcolm's mother), Japanese students (the author travelled there to interview them), couples, families ... 23 stories in all.
Part royalties will be paid to the Burwood Spinal Unit, where several of the survivors recovered after the quake.
Martin van Beynen is an award-winning journalist for The Press. In the 2010 Qantas Media Awards he won the Story of the Year award for his feature on the trial and acquittal of David Bain and in September 2011 was announced Fairfax Media Journalist of the Year 2010-2011. Van Beynen lives in Christchurch.