"If you like the mystery of hidden gold and stories of a pioneering hero set amidst the awe-inspiring grandeur of South Westland, you'll like this book. The cost won't damage your pocket too much, and it'll do your heart good." New Zealand ...
"Witty, concise and admirably researched, Ian Dougherty's brief biography strikes a perfect balance, not only outlining the veritable facts but retelling some of the more enjoyable legends." Pacific Wave
"Dougherty and Exisle have produced a book that makes for incredible narrative and fascinating reading." Marlborough Express
"Dougherty serves up a fascinating portrait of the old prospector, even when he debunks many of the legends that have threatened to overwhelm O'Leary the man." Evening Post
"Arawata Bill was a genuine character and deserves this tribute. He could hardly have had a more sympathetic chronicler who has sifted fiction from fact but has lost none of the romance of his subject." Northern Advocate