About the Author
Born into a life of privilege, James Wilson was always too free-thinking to be kept down on the farm following his ancestors’ footsteps. Slowly but determinedly he pulled away from tradition and set off on his own sometimes rocky and precarious path.
From the youthfully exuberant father of four whose favoured tee shirt proclaimed – “Trust me I know what I am doing!” – to the seriously evangelical mature grandfather, James has transitioned with flair. Even those who don't agree with him can only admire his vegan-strong vitality and determination to change the world.
Life experiences of farming, both in New Zealand and overseas, many varied inventions and business start-ups - some successful and some confined to the bin, and extensive and sometimes dangerous travel, have combined to make James a man of the world; a world he wants to preserve.
Ten years at elite boarding schools didn’t snuff out his dreams of adventure, which subsequently found him travelling across the Sahara desert and down the length of Africa in a little Mini, and later uplifting his wife and four children to work as a farm adviser on a cattle farm in Malaysia.
Back home again, he turned the farming over to his long-suffering wife Barbie and embarked on a career as an inventor and entrepreneur with some successful – and occasional disastrous – results. Eventually the family farm was sold, and Barbie and James have carved out a new active life in the Marlborough Sounds.
In retirement James has now written two books.
Plant Paradigm describes his journey from dedicated meat eater to aesthetic vegan.
Losing the Silver Spoon is a rollicking tale of the highs and lows of a life well lived.
James's ride through life has been a rollercoaster, but he has few regrets and the proverbial silver spoon and meat eating are now but faint memories.